THE QUILT, Stories from the NAMES Project
by Cindy Ruskin photographs by Matt Hernon
designed by Deborah Zemke
hardcover, first edition, dust jacket
1988 pocket publishing ISBN 0671665979
measures 11" x 11" weighs 2 lbs. 6 oz.
condition very good bit of software the cover is rich right and beautiful cloth boards are dark navy blue with the title blind embossed.
Pages are clean text is crisp, photographs and illustrations beautifully rendered exceptional quality photographs colors.
This is very near collector quality will display beautifully in the present nicely as a gift
From our earliest days, the quilt and the quilting bee have been a part of American life. For the individual, stitching a quilt is an act of love, creativity, and continuity. For the community, the quilting bee is an expression of solidarity and hope, endurance and joy.
The quilt stories from the names Project tells how in 1987 a small group of volunteers in the San Francisco storefront workshop revive the old-fashioned notions of quilt and quilting bee, and how their courage and determination, and that of hundreds of other quilters across the country, created what has become the largest ongoing community arts project in America: The Quilt. Nearly 2003 x 6' individual panels have been designed and sewn into The Quilt each one celebrates the life of someone who has died of AIDS in the love and hope of those who have made the panels in remembrance.
Many of these panels are depicted in color in THE QUILT and are accompanied by letters and stories about those honored and about some of the thousands of mothers, fathers, siblings, lovers, friends, and neighbors who made the panels.
"I am so proud to include my son's name among all the others, the brave, dear victims of this dreadful disease" a mother writes. "It will be such a comfort to me and all of us who grieve for them to know that their deaths now serve a very useful purpose bringing attention to all Americans, and all the world, the enormity of this catastrophe."
"This didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned" a man writes in the letter that accompanied the panel he created, "but I'm not exactly Betsy Ross "
the NAMES Project first displayed The Quilt October 11, 1987 in front of the United States Capitol in Washington DC, where it covered a space larger than two football fields in the spring of 1988 the quilt travels to some 25 major American cities where its message of love and remembrance will reach tens of millions in October 1988 the quilt returns to Washington.
Panels continue to arrive from across the country, and friends, lovers, family continue to grieve to find" the outward and visible manifestation of courage conviction that dismissed American endeavors is always similar now in the quilt stories from names object of beauty in a keepsake edition.
This book is so beautiful, it was honestly difficult to look through without being brought to tears many times.
First/only owner, I know you will enjoy having it in your collection as much as I did mine.
Wiki entry on The QUilt:
History and structure
The idea for the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt was conceived in 1985 by AIDS activist Cleve Jones during the candlelight march, in remembrance of the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. For the march, Jones had people write the names of loved ones that were lost to AIDS-related causes on signs that would be taped to the San Francisco Federal Building. All the signs taped to the building looked like an enormous patchwork quilt to Jones, and he was inspired. It officially started in 1987 in San Francisco by Jones, Mike Smith, and volunteers Joseph Durant, Jack Caster, Gert McMullin, Ron Cordova, Larkin Mayo and Gary Yuschalk. At that time many people who died of AIDS-related causes did not receive funerals, due to both the social stigma of AIDS felt by surviving family members and the outright refusal by many funeral homes and cemeteries to handle the deceased's remains. Lacking a memorial service or grave site, The Quilt was often the only opportunity survivors had to remember and celebrate their loved ones' lives. The first showing of The Quilt was 1987 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Quilt was last displayed in full on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1996, but it returned in July 2012 to coincide with the start of the XIX International AIDS Conference, 2012.
The Quilt is a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people lost to the AIDS pandemic. Each panel is 3 feet (0.91 m) by 6 feet (1.8 m), approximately the size of the average grave; this connects the ideas of AIDS and death more closely, even though only about 20% of the people lost to AIDS related causes are represented. The Quilt is still maintained and displayed by The NAMES Project Foundation.
In observance of National HIV-Testing Day in June 2004 the 1,000 newest blocks were displayed by the Foundation on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. The largest display of The Quilt since it was last displayed in its entirety in October 1996, the 1,000 blocks displayed consisted of every panel submitted at or after the 1996 display.
In 1997, the NAMES Project headquarters moved from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and in 2001 the quilt panels were moved from San Francisco to Atlanta, Georgia. The NAMES Project Foundation is now headquartered in Atlanta, and has 21 chapters in the United States and more than 40 affiliate organizations world-wide. The AIDS Memorial Quilt itself is also warehoused in Atlanta when not being displayed, and continues to grow, currently consisting of more than 48,000 individual memorial panels (over 94,000 people) and weighing an estimated 54 tons.