The Occupy My Soul Quilt was part of the National Gathering on Sunday, July 1st and July 4th. If you are interested in having the Occupy Quilt displayed in your venue or wish to document the project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase T-Shirts, posters, and other fun stuff that subsides the cost of the quilt link to http://www.zazzle.com/occupymysoul
* In addition, custom items can be created based on any of the Occupy Panels.
Occupy My Soul is a large collaborative art piece inspired by the Occupy Movement. Last fall, I saw that the media were not telling the whole story: there was more to the movement than the TV images of occupiers camping out next to City Hall. I had two goals: (1) to provide a venue for occupiers (both physical and virtual) to express their views; and (2) to celebrate the diversity of views, but also to find and depict unity within the movement. To this end, I dreamed of a quilt/tent made of 99 panels, each one with a single occupiers message. To create visual unity, I created a pattern and color theme. Each quote is painted on a single panel with a figure. There are three figure prototypes - right arm overhead, left hand overhead, or both arms overhead. The figures were designed to be able to fit together into a dance. Each artist is free to interpret the figure as he or she wishes. I found an economical, durable material - heat sheets which could actually warm people while they were in or under the blanket/tent and use rope to "sew" the panels together.
As of June 16 2012, seventy-five of the ninety-nine panels have been completed. Artists and non-artists as young as 4 and old as 80+ have painted panels with me at my studio at 915 Spring Garden in Philadelphia. A number of non-artists have created beautiful work, including students at Lincoln High School, and member of Mishkan Shalom synagogue. Others, offered quotes that were painted by me and several volunteer artists.
Visiting occupiers are invited to complete the final 24 panels the afternoon of July 1st. Hopefully, the quilt will find a venue (indoor or outside) to celebrate the one year anniversary of occupy in September.For more information and media coverage:
Link to http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-20/ne
or Occupy My Soul
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