Anyone Can Fly


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-294A

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
Women of Color Quilters Network
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection: WCQN
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15.0095
InstInvContrNumF004a
2014:55.42

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Anyone Can Fly
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Aleia Brown
DateDataF006b
2/28/2017
QuiltTopF054
Jones, Arlene Kweli
QuiltedByF055
Jones, Arlene Kweli
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
2011

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Artwork/wall hanging
GenderF098
Female
EthnicF101
African-American
NameGroupF120
Women of Color Quilters Network

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
26"
OverallLengthF012b
34.5"
PredomColorsF014
Blue
Green
White
Yellow
Beige or Tan
Brown
Black
Purple
ContInscripF020
"Quilt Name: Anyone Can Fly Quilted By: Arlene Kweli Jones Size 26" x 34.5" Fabric Used: 100% commercial cotton Design Source: Adapted from City Skylines Construction: Applique, piecing, quilted on domestic sewing machine Date: September 2011 The inspiration for this quilt came from viewing a video Faith Ringgold made several years ago, and my own relationship with my mother. In the video Ms. Ringgold mentions her fondness of the George Washington Bridge and so I included The Bridge in my quilt. As a child, Ms. Ringgold had life threatening asthma attacks, but her mother told her "no one ever died from asthma." Although that statement was untrue, she believed what her mother told her. My mother repeated positive affirmations (as depicted on the cement sidewalk in my quilt) that helped to build my self-image, esteem and in essence, I believed I could fly, a recurring mantra in Ms. Ringgold's works. Anyone can break through all types of obstacles, rise, blossom and work to make their dreams come true- hence, ANYONE CAN FLY. From the song A Rose In Spanish Harlem: "It's growing in the street right up through the concrete, but soft and sweet and dreamin"" my roses are the flowers native to east and west Africa- Birds of Paradise" is typed on muslin and sewn onto the back near the bottom left side of the quilt.
LayFormatF024
Pictorial

Page 4-Physical Description continued

FiberTypesF035
Cotton

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

TopSourceF064
Original to maker

Page 7-Owner Information

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Quilt collector
OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
AcquiredF058
Received as a gift
ProvenanceF058a
From the Collection of Carolyn Mazloomi
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Data Verification

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Beth Donaldson
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2017

Extra Fields

OwnerZipF087
48824

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and Michigan State University Museum
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
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Quilt
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Color
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Digital
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Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum, all rights reserved

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