This is a challenging project to do with the group that comes to this class. We pulled out two of the posters from the picturing America collection to use as a basis. I talk to the group about some of the history of the civil rights movement over the last 50-100 years. We also talked about elements of the Dr. Martin Luther King speech "I have a dream." Lastly we looked at examples of crazy quilting and talked about the reuse of fabrics. We then set about creating our design.
I encourage them to draw a person on large paper and then fill the clothing area with scraps of cloth from a selection that we laid out on the table. They were also given a pile of multicolored hands in order to compliment one of the phrases from the dream speech about children of all colors joining hands. The designs were great and everyone seemed to get a little bit of the message.