+ The 9/11 National Tribute Quilt at the American Folk Art Museum Christiana Oh
+ What is a Quilt? A quilt is traditionally a bed covering composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding and a back. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blankets because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth.
+ The most decorative fabric surface is called the “top”, and is the design focus. The “patchwork” of the top is typically made of a series of blocks (all identical, or of diverse design), which are made sequentially and then assembled.
+ Significance of Quilts Thereare many traditions regarding the design and characteristics of quilts Quilts may be made or given to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a family member leaving home, or graduations. Quilts are a part of many cultures: Native American, New English, Hawaiian, British, Japanese quilts are namely a few.
+ Quilts as Pieces of Art… Today,quilts are no longer deemed as merely „bedding‟. Quilts have evolved into unique mediums of art; they are exclusive because they unite different colors, patterns, and textures. Modern artists have taken advantage of this distinct quality This deeply-rooted tradition has evolved into a modern form of artistic expression
+ What is the 9/11 National Tribute Quilt….? The 9/11 National Tribute Quilt is a piece organized by the Steel Quilters of the United States Steel Corporation as a response to the attack on the World Trade Center. This small quilt club received quilt blocks from all fifty states as well as Canada, Spain, Denmark, and Australia. The quilt measures eight feet high by 30 feet wide, and is constructed of 3,466 blocks in six panels. The four central panels form a montage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center against the New York City skyline. Each block is made from 3-1/2 inch blocks; each block dedicated to one of the innocent lives lost. The entire piece is 8 x 30feet.
+ How is the National Tribute Quilt a Piece of Art? I argue that each block is a piece of art and that each person who made a block is an artist. Each block is an artistic representation of a person, not in a direct form (such as an image of a person), but seeks to express the victims in different styles of abstract forms These blocks come together to depict a powerful image that evokes a universal sentiment of sadness and mourning; yet this image is a collection of diverse pieces that differ from one another This piece is not just an image; it relays an event, evokes strong emotions of sadness, yet is a symbol of hope for peace and understanding
+ Why is it artistically valuable? (why should we take this seriously) Quilts Artistic Vision • Can display the aesthetic • Conveys the myriad of appeal of diverse materials, different people who all colors, and textures perished due to a single • Can be made by multiple event artists • Piece is a joint work by • American tradition of multiple, different artists recording events on artistic • Emotionally unites us media through many different • Originally did not convey any emotions: sadness, message mourning, and hope This piece is masterfully unites the strengths of quilts as artistic mediums; the powerful artistic vision adds a new dimension to this piece.