The Ripple Effect dye4LIFE Art Quilt

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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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 abolitionart.com. 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

Venue & Connection Information

The 24' x 5' twelve-paneled "Ripple Effect" art-quilt is long and can be self-standing as a lobby or window display with a variety of possibilities as approved by the artist (accordian, arched, semi-circle, straight, or as a dramatic backdrop for speaking or public venues). If standing, a wall is recommended behind it as there is a definite visual "front" and "back". If wall-mounted, hanging apparatus needs to accomodate a six or seven foot high mount. Rich color, texture, and pattern "pops" when in dramatic lighting. Artwork is tactile-rich, but would need to be somehow protected from public reach (or with signage) to prevent excessive touching of surface material. The over-all pattern is bold, while embellishments are detailed. Viewing should accomodate both modes for maximum impact.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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