Class Work

Feedback Considerations

Based on the feedback given, I need to not make assumptions about what people may or may not now.  I do a lot of assuming that people know about how quilts work and about Disney movies that to me seem like required viewing for children my age or younger and therefore parents of those children.  I need to see objects from the point of view of someone who has not seen these things as much as I have while editing my unit 1 work and throughout my work for unit 2.  I also need to connect primary source documents more closely to secondary sources as well as put more detail into how they are connected.

Visit to NAMES Project 1: Objectively looking at the panels


The NAMES project is a project for people to memorialize a person that was important to them who died of AIDS by creating a 3’x6′ panel (about the size of a human grave).  The panels are then put together geographically into 12’x12′ blocks, often eight panels per block.  These blocks can be sent around the country to be used in parades and other displays.  As of June 2016, there are more than 49,000 panels in 5,956 blocks.

There are ten panels memorializing Howard Ashman in the NAMES Project.  The NAMES project HQ only has three of them so they were my focus for the visit.

Block #4359

From the NAMES project block 4359

In a small section of the panel written in sharpie is Taylor ’95.  There is nothing else written to show who might have made the panel.  The panel seems to be made of a white cotton fabric.  It looks like the designs are painted on the panel.  Howard Ashman in all capital letters is straddling both sides of the magic carpet on the bottom of the panel.

On the left side of the panel, there is Ariel with Sebastian.  Ariel has a purple flower in her hair (from the Under the Sea sequence).  Ariel seems to be in mermaid form as she is still wearing seashells and because Sebastian seems to be floating, not resting on any surface.  Sebastian looks frightened and seems to be talking to Ariel.  Ariel is turned facing Sebastian.  Ariel’s hair seems to be the same color as Sebastian.

In the middle of the panel, Aladdin and Jasmine are on the magic carpet (probably from the A Whole New World sequence).  Both are smiling and their faces are fully seen.  Aladdin is wearing his Prince Ali outfit of white with gold trim and belt, purple cape, and purple feather attached to his turban by a purple jewel.  Jasmine is in a pale green version of the two-piece outfit that she wears for most of the film.  She has her jeweled hairband on and her black hair has been tied in sections all the same color as her outfit.  She is wearing a gold necklace with gold triangle earrings that go almost to her chin.  Her hair is out behind her like it is being blown by wind.  The magic carpet has gold tassels, a red top, and a blue underside.

On the right side, there is Belle and the Beast (probably from the Beauty and the Beast ballroom scene).  The two are very close to each other.  Belle’s hand is holding onto part of Beast’s arm.  Beast’s eyes are closed while Belle’s are open as her head seems to be resting on Beast’s chest.  Belle is in her off the shoulder yellow ballgown with gloves.  Her brown hair is partly tied up in a bun with a yellow circle with hair going down over her neck and partly down her back.  Beast is in a blue jacket with gold trim and a ruffled shirt shown under the jacket.  The Beast’s fur is a couple of shades of brown layered on top of each other with gray colored horns.

Block #2423

From the Names project block 2423

On the top of the panel, Howard Ashman is spelled out in pink felt letters.  On the bottom of the panel the lyrics “Certain as the sun rising in the east, tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.” are spelled out in blue felt letters.  Both sets of letters seem to be stitched onto the panel in all capital letters.  On the panel in small black letters is written Libby Puckett Charlotte, NC as an artist’s mark.  The panel seems to be made of a cornflower blue cotton material.

In the middle, Belle and Beast are painted, frozen in mid-dance with a silver circle behind them like the moon.  Belle is in her off the shoulder yellow ball gown with gloves.  Her brown hair is partly in a bun and is partly flowing behind her due to either movement or wind.  Beast is in a blue jacket with gold trim with a white shirt underneath the jacket and a gold vest.  He is in black pants that a have a gold stripe along the side from top to bottom and his feet are large and bare.  The shirt cuffs are out from underneath the jacket.  There is a small jewel at the top of the shirt.  His tail is sticking out behind him.  The Beast’s head is down, seeming to be looking at Belle.  His fur is brown with a blue ribbon tied at the back of his head.

On the left is the silhouette of a castle made out of black felt.  There are lines of silver glitter that seem to be clouds.  Above, painted in black thin all capital letters is “To a man who I did not know, but with his beautiful song touched my life in many ways.”

On the right side is the rose under the glass jar.  Both the rose and jar are covered in a gold glitter with some glitter used to outline the bottom of the jar.  Above, painted in black thin all capital letters is “As the sun continues to rise, the spirit within this song will live in our hearts forever.”

Block #5472

From the Names project block 5472

This panel seems to be made of white cotton with all the elements being painted on.  Howard Ashman is written on the top left side in all uppercase letters in these colors from right to left and top to bottom: red, brown, light blue, yellow, light purple, light green, green, peach, forest green, dark blue, dark purple, and red.  Next to Howard Ashman in blue is 1950-1991.  Across the bottom of the panel in blue is the lyrics “Watch and you’ll see, someday I’ll be part of your world.”

On the right side of the panel, is the Beast in a blue jacket with yellow trim and white ruffles in the middle of the jacket.  The Beast seems to be smiling which is showing his fangs.  His horns are the same color as his brown fur.  He seems to be looking down.

To the left of the Beast are Flounder and Sebastian.  Sebastian is riding Flounder with both seeming very happy.

I visited the panels on Monday, February 5 and this is what I noticed.

Class on Feb 1

A primary source: Data authors generate themselves, “Original source”, “first hand”, chart with no analysis already attached, interacting with the panel from the quilt

A secondary source: Reporting someone’s point of view about data already generated

It depends on how the researcher is using a source to determine whether it is a primary or secondary source.  Newspapers can work as either type.

Rate schedule sign driggers description: a black and white photo (grey scale), a sign that says “THIS IS NOT Burger King”, sign that says “good coffee” with a picture of a cup with steam coming off, on the same sign underneath it says “cheaper than prozac”, a sign that says rate schedule which says “Answers $1.00 Answers which require thought $2.00, Correct answers $4 Dumb looks are still free”, there is a women on the left side with her face visible and some writing on the back of her shirt, two long shiny tubes with different size cups coming out, on the shelf there is a pot that says ashes of problem customers

Will be using it looks like and it appears that very often in this class.

Ancient crayon

The 10,000 year-old crayon.

The article is about a rock that archaeologists found that they think is a crayon from hunter gather times.  There seems to be a lot of speculation but there are things that use science like comparing the rock to naturally formed rocks and seeing a difference that suggests that is has been formed by humans.  It might be a way to see more about how humans at that time learned to communicate with each other in a way that we can study.  The picture helps to let the reader see the rock and to understand how archaeologists could have come to their conclusions.  To me it looks more like a piece of chalk than a crayon especially when they would have been writing on rock walls instead of the normal walls of a building that children draw on now with crayons.


Objects from a culture can help to show through analysis the aspects of that culture that can not take material form. (Paraphrase of a part of the Haltman text)

Conventions of the Book & Blog Genre

Book: gray, “black and white”, font: “blocky”, “sterile”, “official”; title (on top with lines on top and bottom), subtitle (underneath title), editors, lost of space, text is centered on first page, publisher info at the bottom, bottom of each page has either title of section or first editor with page number, works cited page at the end with superscript to show where the citation is relevant, no pictures, things from another text is indented inside, uses italicized fonts to bring attention, meant for a more experienced audience

Blog: pictures (for header and to start posts, included with most links on the side, picture of creator), very colorful (green purple, pink, orange, some gray, white and black), “whimsical font”, includes tweets by creator, has about creator stuff on the side along with links to her social media and email list, top posts and pages on side, top themes in different sized fonts, link to academic publications, link to commenting policy, tags for each post to the themes it fits in, not much unused space, link at top to her website, drop down menus of resources and research themes at top, contact link at top, constantly updated, there are posts and pages, short posts with continue reading links if reader wants to read more, uses different fonts to organize ideas, meant for a more contemporary audience