Primary Source Descriptions

First Set of Panels

Introduction

The NAMES project is a quilt for people to memorialize a person that was important to them who died of AIDS by creating a 3’x6′ piece called a panel (about the size of a human grave).  The panels are then put together geographically into 12’x12′ larger sections called blocks, often eight panels per block.  These blocks can be sent around the country to be used in parades and other displays.  According to the FAQs on the official NAMES project foundation website, as of June 2016 there are more than 49000 panels on 5956 blocks.

There are ten panels memorializing Howard Ashman in the NAMES Project.  Howard Ashman worked with Alen Menken to write the songs for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and three songs for Disney’s Aladdin.  Howard Ashman was also a producer on Beauty and the Beast.  His music is some of the most well known Disney animation songs, besides Frozen, and is often used in the Disney theme parks and other Disney events.

Block #4359

From the NAMES project block 4359
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The panel seems to have been made by someone with the name of Taylor in 1995 due to the fact that in a small section of the panel “Taylor ’95” is seemingly handwritten in sharpie.  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.

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On the left side of the panel, there seems to be Ariel with Sebastian from Disney’s version of the story of the Little Mermaid.  Ariel has a purple flower in her hair.  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 red color as Sebastian.

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In the middle of the panel, it seems that Aladdin and Jasmine are on the magic carpet from Disney’s version of the story of Aladdin.  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.

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On the right side, there seems to be Belle and the Beast from Disney’s version of the story of Beauty and the Beast.  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
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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On the right side is the rose under the glass jar.  Both the rose and jar are covered with 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.”

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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.

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

 

Second Set of Panels

Block #4359

From the NAMES project block 4359

All of the panels on this block were made by seventeen high school students.  The panel is made of a white cotton material.  There seems to be shading on the skin of all of the humans in the panel.  All of the designs look to be outlined in black.  Except for the left and lower edges of the middle guy’s outfit and turban, all areas that are white are not painted and are instead just the white cotton fabric used to make the panel.  “HOWARD ASHMAN” is written across the bottom in black, straddling both sides of a carpet.

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Underneath the second A in Ashman, is “TAYLOR ’95” which seems to be written in sharpie.There are a total of 6 white paint splotches, 2 next to Howard, 2 next to Ashman, 1 next to Taylor, and 1 beneath the brown furred animal.  There is a brown stain which seems to be like dirt or coffee, that runs from the left side of the carpet to the right edge of the A in Howard.  There is also a stain from the middle boy’s left shoulder to the top of the panel and a stain from the purple feather to the top of the panel.

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It seems that the red color of the main part of the hair of the girl on the left is the same color as the crab next to her.  The girl’s hair seems to darken around the top and right edges with the color seeming to lighten until white on the left edge.  There seems to be a purple flower in the girl’s hair.  It seems that the girl has blue eyes.  This girl seems to have lighter color lips than the other two girls that seem to have the same color lips.  The space between her lips seems to be colored black.  The crab seems to be all the same red color except for a pink tongue, white teeth, and black pupils surrounded by white.

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The boy and girl in the middle seem to be riding on top of a carpet.  Both seem to have black hair and brown eyes.  The girl seems to be looking mostly straight while the boy seems to be looking up.  The boy is wearing a white jacket and pants with gold trimmings, a turban with a purple feather and jewel, and a purple cape that can be seen to the right of him and to the left of the girl.  The jewel holding the purple feather to the white turban seems to be mostly purple with a little bit of pink at the bottom.  The jewel on the girl’s headband seems to be blue at the top and dark green on the bottom.  The headband is a lighter green than the girl’s two-piece outfit.  The bands lower in her hair seem to be a shade of green somewhere between the two shades used in the two-piece outfit to show shading.  The carpet they seem to be riding is a navy blue on the bottom similar to the horned animal’s jacket that is trimmed by about an inch of a reddish brown color.  The top of the carpet is red with the left and front trimmed by about an inch and a half of yellow that has a brown stripe in the middle.  This trim pattern is continued into each of the three tassels seen.

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It seems that the color of the hair of the girl on the right is the same color as the fur on the animal next to her.  The girl’s eyes seem to be brown with the animal’s eyes seem to be closed.  The top’s of the animal’s horns seem to be black while the undersides are gray.  The inside of the animal’s ears is a lighter brown than its fur.  The top of the animal’s nose is black while the bottom is gray.  To show shading on the animal, the top part of his fur seems to be darker than the bottom part.  The animal has two white fangs protruding from its bottom lip.  The animal is wearing a white shirt and cravat along with a blue jacket that has yellow trim that seems to be the same color as the girl’s dress, hairband, and gloves.

Block #5472

From the Names project block 5472

The panel is made of a white cotton material.  “HOWARD ASHMAN” is written from the top left to about the middle left of the panel in a variety of colors.  It seems that the H and the N are the same red color as the crab at first glance.  Next to Howard Ashman it says “1950-1991”.  On the bottom of the panel is says “Watch and you’ll see, someday I’ll be part of your world.”  The whites of the eyes of all the creatures along with the teeth seen are painted with a cream color.  All other white spaces seem to be just the cotton material used to make the panel.

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There seems to be a yellow fish with a crab riding it.  Both creatures look happy.  Both seem to have brown eyes.  The yellow fish has two blue-green stripes on its body.  The fish’s top fin seems to be like a blue-green mohawk with two blue stripes.  The fish’s front two fins and back fin seem to be blue-green with a  blue stripe in the middle. The yellow parts of the fish seem to be outlined in a paler blue than the rest of the fish.  The fish seems to have dark blue eyebrows.  The fish has its mouth open, revealing what seems to be a slightly purple tongue.  The fish seems to be looking to the bottom right while the crab seems to be looking to the top right.  The crab seems to have both claws outstretched.  The crabs face seems to be a pink color, while his stomach and tongue are a deeper color.  The back, legs, arms, and claws of the crab seem to be a darker red than the rest of him and seem to be the color of the H and N from Howard Ashman.

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The jacket on the beast seems to be the same color as the stripes on the fish’s fins.  The trim on the jacket seems to be the same color as the fish’s body.  The cravat is not painted but is outlined in a paler blue than the jacket and has a darker blue button in the middle of the lower half.  There seem to be two swaths of a peach color that looks similar to large eyebrows.  The beast seems to have blue eyes that are looking down.  The beast’s mouth is slightly open showing a purple-red tongue and two cream-colored fangs protruding from the bottom lip.  The beast’s fur seems to be of multiple shades of brown to simulate natural shading.  The beast’s horns seem to be the same color as the rest of the fur in that section.