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The Dream Rocket

The Dream Rocket Mission Statement

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.

About US

The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC) was founded in 2007 by artist Jennifer Marsh. It is a non-profit organization that promotes global collaborative public art initiatives, a marriage of art & education. The IFC prides itself in being a grassroots organization, reaching out to students, individuals, groups and organizations all over the world.

The IFC has accomplished two widely acclaimed projects. The first one being the Gas Station Wrap in 2008 in Syracuse, New York. The submitted artwork for this project came from students and individuals from 15 countries and 28 states. The Gas Station Wrap was the first of its kind and spurred international attention both through press and participants.

The second project was the Interdependence Tree project in 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama. With every project the IFC grows, as does worldwide interest. Participants in the Tree project increased to 23 countries and 39 states.

The International Fiber Collaborative is extremely pleased to be working on its 2010 project, The Dream Rocket. This project aims to reach participants from over 100 countries and all 50 states.

The Gas Station Project

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Achieve a Dream!

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“The Saturn V Moon Rocket is the ideal example of achieving a dream that seems impossible,” said Jennifer Marsh. “Whether your dream is curing cancer, going to Mars, or ending world hunger, the Saturn V is an inspiring visual reminder that any dream can come true. If we can work together to put a man on the moon, we can do anything.”

 

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The Tree Project

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* Announcing the 2009 Spring Artist Grant RecipientBetsy Timmer

Students, Individuals, Foundations & Groups; Welcome to the International Fiber Collaborative!

In May of 2007 I found myself frustrated with the direction that my artwork was headed. I was a sculptor working mostly in a closed studio, having limited interaction with other artists. I wanted to find a way to escape my isolation and be a part of something that was bigger than me. Already having a history of fiber related work found in my sculpture, I thought about how this medium could be used to have an impact on people from all over the world. Everyone could relate to and appreciate textiles as well as enjoy working with their hands. This type of medium was accessible to people in every country and it wouldn't be too expensive to ship in the mail. Paralleling with these ideas, I realized how textiles are universal to all countries, just as certain important issues and concerns were ubiquitous around the world. Pairing these elements together, I created the International Fiber Collaborative — an initiative that would give people from all countries, all walks of life and ages, the opportunity to collaborate with other communities and countries worldwide on a single mission.

The Gas Station Project

The first project of the International Fiber Collaborative was to provide an opportunity for people who enjoyed working with fiber arts, whether professional artists, hobbyists or students, to come together from all over the world to express their concern about the worlds extreme dependency on oil. The project was called the World Reclamation Art Project (W.R.A.P.), otherwise known as the Gas Station Project. Participants crocheted, knitted, stitched, patched, or collaged 3 foot square fiber panels that expressed each participants concern about the topic. Simply by designing and creating these panels and participating in this project, they were expressing their concern about this important subject to all nations. All of the panels were then sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station in central New York State.

For reference, I have archived the progress and photos of the project here.

 

Gas station before

 

Gas station after - with Jennifer Marsh

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IFC Flyer

 

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T-shirts, prints, posters—many new items available in the IFC Store. Check it out!

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Statistics of Participants:

  • Interdependence Tree Project 2009:
    23 Countries & 39 States
  • Gas Station Wrap 2008:
    15 Countries & 28 States

The Tree Project

The International Fiber Collaborative announces its 2008–2009 project, Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park in Huntsville, Alabama (Panoply Event-Hosted by the Huntsville Art Council). Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries. Participants from around the world are invited to create leaves to contribute to the creation of the tree. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used.

All information on how to participate, the ongoing progress of the project, and events about the Tree Project can be found here.

Jennifer Marsh
Jennifer Marsh, RESUME
Founder / Director
International Fiber Collaborative, Inc.

 

A few of our many friends that without their help, this project wouldn’t have been possible.
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The Earlyworks Children's Museum in Huntsville, AL will be giving the tree a home in their front lobby in August 2009. (map)

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A 2009 Calendar, a Color Catalog of the Gas Station Project, and a Handmade Model of the Saturn V Rocket for an upcoming project are all available for purchase in our store.
 

 

 

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