Some time last year, I was notified about the option to participate in a collaborative art project with my students, and I jumped at the chance. I asked our new 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Antonuccio, because I knew she loved creating many things out of fiber, just like I do.
The International Fiber Collaborative has been organizing these amazing collaborative fiber art installations for years, and are currently working on one that will use 8,000 pieces of art to wrap a replica Saturn V rocket at the US Space & Rocket Center in the spring of 2015.
Third graders in room 10 learned about their heritage before school started, and this information was the jumping off point for a radial design embroidery project. Students explored the skill of embroidery for the first time while working on this project. Using colors from the flags of ones heritage, a radial design was created. Students worked together to select the layout, and the felt circles were then organized and attached to a piece of fabric.
Before our work goes back to Kansas to prepare for the show later this year, it will be on display at the Boot Mills in Lowell, MA, through November 15. Be sure to check back for more information about a potential opening reception.
Also, if you’d like to show your support for the project, you can donate to the Kickstarter project to raise money to fund the building of the support structure for the rocket.