Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Kaleidoscope Community Quilt Project

Moon Rain and Gabby Ewen are excited to present  The Kaleidoscope Community Quilt Project, FUNtasia, Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa, May 6-23 2011.

The Kaleidoscope Quilt is the Canadian Tulip Festival’s visual celebration of Peace and Friendship through Colours, Culture and Community.

This unique piece of textile art will be created by the Canadian Tulip Festival’s 25,000 community members, in partnership with Moon Rain Centre www.moonrain.ca with textile artist Gabby Ewen’s direction.

The Kaleidoscope Quilt will be created using appliqué quilting and contemporary textile techniques and working with satin ribbons and brilliantly coloured fabrics which will be pieced and hand-sewn into the image of a radiant tulip in full bloom.

The Kaleidoscope Community Quilt Project is a hands-on intercultural, intergenerational participatory art activity that will be set up on the festival site for the duration of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Participants are invited to personalize a piece of fabric or ribbon by contributing a positive message of Peace and Friendship.

Messages of Peace and Friendship will be recorded and displayed, and all participants will be invited to sign, along the border of the quilt. The incorporation of these signatures into the art piece creates an active “living” record of all the community contributors and attests to the iconic quality of this legacy project.
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