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"Tar Beach 2" Quilt
"Tar Beach 2" Quilt, 1990
Faith Ringgold, American
Multicolored screenprint on silk plain weave, printed cotton plain weave, black and green synthetic moire
66 x 67 inches (167.6 x 170.2 cm)
Purchased with funds contributed by W. B. Dixon Stroud, 1992
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About Tar Beach 2 Quilt

When the artist Faith Ringgold was growing up, she and her family often spent summer evenings on the roof of their apartment building. she illustrated her childhood memory on this quilt, which has a decorative border around pictures that tell a story. In the pictures, the little girl imagines that she can fly above her neighborhood while her parents play cards with friends on the roof below.

Make Your Own Quilt

  • Construction paper or thick art paper
  • Fabric scraps cut into squares
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Markers, crayons, or oil pastels

  • Make a border around the edge of the paper with the fabric squares and glue them in place.
  • Draw a picture of your family and neighborhood in the center—your scene can look like real life or have imaginary parts like Faith Ringgold’s quilt.
  • Share your work with your family!

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