To invited participants only,
Faith Ringgold has invited you to join the Ancestors Project and to make an Ancestors part 2 quilt. The plan is that all the quilts should display and share the Part 2 story listed below. You are welcome to but not restricted to placing the text in the same place as on the diagram below. The diagram below was what we did in part 1. Faith and I have used a similar format again in part 2. You can use the layout or use your own design. Please try to make the total dimension of your quilt close to 50 x 50 inches. Your central image should illustrate the Part 2 story.
We don't yet have a schedule for finishing or exhibiting the project but I propose that each artist finish their quilt by the end of summer. I think I will put together a catalog to go with the project. For the catalog I will need a good photo of your quilt, a short bio and a statement about your piece and what being part of the project meant to you.
Ancestors Project Part 1: Quilt Design Layout for a 50 x 50 inch quilt
A. Central image 36 x 36 Dark blue background
B. Story text row. Paint this 2” wide row a neutral green-grey
C. Put Portraits and ancestor’s stories in this row. The ancestors portraits will be painted on the 8 red sections, their stories will be written on the 12 white sections and do a self portrait in each corner. This row is 4” wide, the corners are blue 4x4 and the red and white sections are 4 x 8 each.
D. Use a thick piping to finish the quilt top.
Ancestors Part 2: The Ancestors Song
by Faith and GraceMarch 1, 2017
One day the ancestors from all over the world came to the children in their dreams, dancing and singing songs of joy, love, understanding, forgiveness, hope and peace. They had heard that our children had forgotten to play and had taken to their beds to escape a world filled with; hunger, pain, ignorance, rioting, shootings, violence and war. Religious, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender hatred of anyone different was rampant.
The children all over the world were inspired to rise up from their beds to join the Ancestors in their song and dance for a better world. The children sang,
We are young but we are many
Filled with love not hate for any
When the children from all over the world closed their eyes to dream their ancestors now awaited the children’s dreams of a happier life.
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Part 1 Original Story
Why the Children Forgot to Play by Faith Ringgold
An international Save The Children Meeting was held today in New York City. A woman from the Congo Region in Africa and a man from Scandinavia shared the stage to explain that their children had adopted a sedentary lifestyle and had forgotten how to play and that something must be done or life as we know it will cease. The crowd roared with unbridled enthusiasm. Toy stores, playgrounds, amusement parks and schools all over the world have shut down. Children have taken to their beds, like old people, complaining of headaches, backaches, muscle pains, dizziness and refused to move without a wheelchair. A man just back from the war in the Middle East said “They need the help of our ancestors, they would have the children and all of us laughing in no time. They had love and hope. All we have is hatred violence and war.”