Over the past few years I’ve been looking for a way to unify the 39 different sectors of the craft & hobby industry under one, huge, all-encompassing crafted banner. I’ve been looking for a public relations event, promotion, or celebrity that would really help make a splash for the industry. The events and celebrities have been too narrow in their approach to benefit the entire craft and hobby industry.
So image my surprise when I was surfing the web and came across the International Fiber Collaborative, a non-profit arts organization currently working on creating a crafted cover for the 37-story tall, Saturn V Rocket replica on display in front of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This massive craft project can easily incorporate sewing, quilting, fiber art, knitting, crochet, elements of scrapbooking design and cutting, memory crafts, as well as art supplies that can be used to paint, stencil or rubber stamp this project. More importantly, this represents an opportunity for the entire industry from designers, to manufacturers, to retailers, to end consumers to participate in a unique, monumental craft project that will inevitably result in a World Record and incredible international media attention.
The Founder and Executive Director of the International Fiber Collaborative, Jennifer Marsh is now actively seeking assistance from craft manufacturers, retailers, designers and consumers interested in helping create a craft cover for this historic space icon. Due to the fixed hard costs associated with engineering, crane rental, insurance, etc… the IFC is looking for assistance, sponsorships, and donations to help off-set the overall cost of this project. If you or your organization are interested in participating, you can find more about the Dream Rocket Project at http://www.thedreamrocket.com or by contacting Jennifer Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-614-561-9057.
More from the IFC below:
Students, teachers, and individuals from 100 countries and 50 states are attempting to create a 32,000 square foot quilt with the theme; Dare to Dream. This massive quilt will completely wrap a 37 story, 363’ Saturn V moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The Saturn V which carried man to the moon is an inspiring and tangible reminder that when people from all over the world collaborate on an important mission, nothing is impossible. Participants are being challenged to Dream about their future and the future of our world. They will be considering dream themes such as community, science, technology, conservation, space, peace and in doing so express their dreams through the arts and crafts. (THE ROCKET WILL NOT BE LAUNCHED.)
The wrapping of the Saturn V will represent possibly the worlds largest collaborative art project. Powerful in message and in scale, the Dream Rocket hopes to inspire participants not only to dream but also to recognize their power to pursue their dreams.
The Dream Rocket aims to connect art and education through a global collaborative initiative. It will inspire participants to consider, express, and explore their dreams for a better future using Dream Themes such as Energy, Space, Peace, Science, Recycling, etc. The Wrapping of the Saturn V Rocket will recognize the power of global collaboration, and in turn, The Dream Rocket hopes to inspire individuals all over the World not only to dream, but also to recognize their power to pursue their dreams.
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the U.S. intention of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” Just over eight years after President Kennedy’s announcement, the earth sat spellbound as they viewed a ghostly, blurred, black and white image of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon and declaring, “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”
The wrapping with art from around the world of the 37 story tall Saturn V Rocket replica standing at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama has been rescheduled to now coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s lofty challenge. The “Dream Rocket” project, in response to individuals and teachers who would like to participate, has now provided additional time for that opportunity.
In May and June 2011, the “Saturn V Moon Rocket” is to be transformed into the world’s largest collaborative art project. Powerful both in message and scale, it will represent the challenges of our future.
“The Saturn V Moon Rocket is an inspiring and tangible reminder that when people work together through collaboration, any challenge can be met, any mission can be accomplished, and any dream can come true.” Says Professor Jennifer Marsh, founder of the Dream Rocket project.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with The American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Director of its famed Hayden Planetarium, is an internationally known science advocate. He encouraged Marsh to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project because, “The Saturn V is the IDEAL icon to represent a big dream. This rocket was designed and built as a collaboration of NEARLY half- a-million people and allowed our human species to venture beyond our WORLD and stand on ANOTHER – SURELY one of the biggest dreams of all time. ENABLING THE DREAMS OF young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message.” Tyson is one of many space enthusiasts who has offered his support to the Dream Rocket project.
Marsh explains, “The wrapping of the Saturn V Rocket will consist of over 8000 fabric and mixed media panels representing dreams for our future and visionaries of our past. Schools, groups, and individuals from all over the world have been joining in this project for the past six months.” So far, Marsh believes they have participants from an estimated 37 states and a dozen countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya, Serbia, Finland, Australia, Norway, Haiti, and Germany. The Dream Rocket’s goal is to gain participants from 100 countries and all 50 states. Participants are encouraged to ask themselves, “What is my dream for a better tomorrow?” Some of the Dream Theme panels already received depict energy, imagination, conservation, and peace. Others depict community, health, space, and fighting hunger. They have been submitted by schools, churches, groups, and individuals-even from grandchildren through the generosity of grandparents.
Some of the previous work from the International Fiber Collaborative include Quilting a Gas Station