Published on March 5, 2014
VISION MAP PROJECT Presenter and Workshop Instructor: Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D. Candidate Digital Media Program Georgia Tech
WHAT IS A VISION MAP? A vision map is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision board.
Vision Maps Can Be Quilts Harriet Powers was an African-American artist and quilt maker from Georgia. Harriet Powers. “Pictorial Quilt,” 1898.
Vision Maps (Quilts) Can Tell Stories “The dark day of May 19, 1780. The seven stars were seen 12 N. in the day. The cattle wall went to bed, chickens to roost and the trumpet was blown. The sun went off to a small spot and then to darkness.” – Harriet Powers Harriet Powers. “Pictorial Quilt (detail),” 1898.
Quilts Can Have Themes • American Indian star quilts represent community and friendship. Artist unknown. “Star of Bethlehem quilt,” circa 1940. Photo by Nettrice Gaskins.
Artists Can Collage Images On Quilts • What images or shapes can you see on this quilt? Sanford Biggers. “Nimbus,” 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
Artists Use Math to Make Quilts Quilts are made up of shapes. (Go back to the previous slide and name the shapes you see.) Artists use math (rotation) to move shapes in quilt designs. • Can you identify the degree of rotation for each shape?
Start Your Vision Map 1. Decide the main theme of your map. It may be based on something specific you wish to accomplish or obtain, or it may be a general idea of everything that makes you happy. For example: Music makes me happy. 2. Use old magazines to find pictures that correspond with your theme. Save these pictures to use later. 3. Create a quilt as a background out of paper.
How to Make a Quilt Design 1. Cut out some shapes. 2. Use rotation (reflection, translation) to create a design. 3. Create a grid with squares. Each square has a design.
Make a Paper Quilt Cut out each square. Arrange the squares into your own creative pattern. Glue them down and add color. • If you have time you can create your own shapes and designs.
Finish Your Vision Map • Cut shapes from magazine pictures. • Glue them to your paper quilt. • Write about why you chose your design, pictures.
WHAT IS REMIXING? Remixing is making a new or different version of something and changing or adding to it like in Sanford Biggers’ quilts, collage, or even with music.
Homer’s Epic Story Remixed • The Odyssey is an ancient Greek epic poem by Homer. • Romare Bearden reimagined this story as collages with themes from Black History. Romare Bearden. “Battle with Cicones,” 1977.
Black Odyssey Remixes • Black Odyssey Remixes lets you transform people, animals, places, and things from Bearden’s art into your own digital collage.
Questions • What kinds of personal stories can you tell with quilts and collages? • How do artists use science or math to create quilts? • How are quilts and collage related to music (hint: remixing)? • What other kinds of projects can be made using remixing?
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