Madiba, The Face of Foregiveness


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2920

Essay

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Madiba, The Face of Forgiveness Roy Starke Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa Kente cloth, cotton blends, paint, embroidery thread, cording made from embroidery thread; stamped, stencilled, appliqued, vestment cuts, dyed, machine and hand embroidered, machine quilted, tapestry My joy in creating this quilt was intensely emotional; at times for me it provoked strong emotional distress. I hoped to achieve a visual impact, one that evokes an extremely loving feeling, one that has everything to do with the theme of Mandela and his conscience of spirit. I used a fragmented and complex composition with the placement of Mandela's face in a "box-like" section; the visionary man breaks from the hidden surfaces. This face, the face of forgiveness, is of primeval stature. I also used an ecstasy of color; remember "Free, free at last?" The outlines of frame of the face are in gold, suggesting that he was prince-like and almost belonging to a church order. The roses are a symbol of love and thanks to Madiba; the Kente cloth represents that this great man is from Africa. On the back of the quilt I embroidered an eternal flame; may his spirit live forever. Quilts should recall human rights and emotions and a deep level of conscience. Needle and thread become instruments for the power of ideas, feelings, and convictions; these are transmitted through fabric.

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
South Africa Quilt History Project (SAQHP)
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0196
InstInvContrNumF004a
2015:18.7

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Madiba, The Face of Foregiveness
SubjQuiltF025
Nelson Mandela
DateDataF006b
6/25/2015
QuiltTopF054
Starke, Roy
QuiltedByF055
Starke, Roy
IfOtherF007d
Museum employee
LocMadeF057a
Pretoria
ProvProvF057e
Gauteng
ProvCountryF057f
South Africa
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
January 2014

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060
Art or personal expression
Commemorative
PresUseF062
Museum collection
GenderF098
Male

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
29 3/4"
OverallLengthF012b
29 1/2"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
OverallColorF14b
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
LayFormatF024
Nontraditional or art

Page 4-Physical Description continued

UniqueF037b
Embroidery threads, Kenti cloth, cotton blends, paint, cotton blends, embroidery threads, Kenti-cloth (hand woven).
UniqueF038h
Appliqued (open), vestment cuts, tapestry pieces, stamped, stenciled, cording made from embroidery threads, dyed, hand painted, rubbed, bonded, hand + machine embroidered, machine quilted - no photo transfers.

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

TopSourceF064
Original to maker
ExhibitListF067a
"Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", The International Quilt Conference Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2014. "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", The Kentucky Museum at Wester Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, September 8, 2015 - January 31, 2016 "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH, April 7 - October 7, 2016.
RelItemsF088a
"Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela," exhibit catalog, Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn Mazloomi, Michigan State University Museum, 2014, page 88.

Page 7-Owner Information

OwnershipF082
Public Museum, Library, or Institution
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Purchase
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AccessF080
Restricted
CopyRestF080c
All rights reserved, Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

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verifiedby
Beth Donaldson
dateverified
12
20
2016

Extra Fields

ShapeCornersF013b
Straight

Image Information

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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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image
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jpeg
Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University; Michigan State University Museum
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
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Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
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Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum

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