Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.41
Dimensions: 71 in X 36 in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 180.34 cm X 91.44 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
From Many One
Quilt titled From Many One created by the Fiber Artists With Nerve (FAN) and made with fabric, batting, and thread. This quilt depicts the Twin Towers with various fabric elements incorporated into the design and resembling Ground Zero or pieces of the facade of the towers. On the right is an abstract outline of a body with pieces of string, thread, and buttons. A cutout of a cell phone is also visible.
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.