The Ripple Effect dye4LIFE Art Quilt

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"Ripple Effect" is a high-energy tactile art piece that pops with color against strokes of black fabric. It has been called an "extreme sampler" because of its size and incorporation of every sort of piecing, stitchery, beadwork, and embellishment. It features fabric swatches dyed by 584 6th-graders from 8 Indiana schools as part of a grant funded original project called, "dye4LIFE". See The 12-panel piece is 24' long by 5' high displayed as a folding screen lashed on red-laquered bamboo poles (individually wall-mounted or free-standing). This "ripple of awareness" is meant to draw attention to the plight of enslaved children around the world in need of a voice to tell their stories. This work of art is symbolic of the longing for freedom. By contrasting tiny stitches against bold design, by sewing 100's of small pieces together to form the whole, this great "wave" represents many small voices speaking out together against a big injustice. Together, we call loudly.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 18 inches
  • Medium: Fiber-Art
  • Width: 24 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 5 feet