You've Got to be Carefully Taught
Up Cycled Fabric
Shanah Warrick, a local fashion and textile designer, has been kind enough to give me her remnants of beautiful silk organza, toile, and other fabrics.
Free Motion Stitching
The fabric bits are sandwiched between water soluble fabric and free motion stitched in order to create a new textile.
After washing the machine stitched fabric, the sections are then sewn together creating one large textile.
Multiple textures are married together creating a foundation for the exhibit's message.
'Writing' on the chalkboard
After writing the lyrics on dissolvable fabric, they are then free motion stitched onto the blackboard.
Getting the look
The blackboard is once again washed removing the dissolvable fabric leaving lettering with chalk like appearance.
Blackboard with lyrics
Measuring 87"x40" the blackboard is to scale. A sleeve will be added to the back to house lightweight pipe so the it can be suspended.
Hand stitch on garments
Original minstrel lyrics hand stitched on period correct child's garment.
Red thread represents the red of the American flag.
Turkey in the Straw
Original lyrics circa 1830's from Turkey in the Straw.
Zippity Do Dah
The original title to Zippity Do Dah was Old Zip Coon with the chorus 'O zip a duden duden duden zip a duden day'.