April 4, 2016
Reflection for Remixing Another Text
Purpose of the Remix:
This remix is designed to be a remix of another text and to focus on how the remixed work shows something about identity. I hope to show two different aspects of identity—the literal fabric book will be pleasing to children—and they can play with the fabric characters I’ve made. An older audience can, I hope, reflect on how the remixed Little Red Riding Hood fabric put back into book format shows and challenges our very remembrances of fairy tales. It can be both nostalgic/comforting/disturbing, depending on how you experienced your childhood and that particular fairy tale. So, in a way it’s showing how our childhoods still affect us today. And then the last thing I was going to mention is this–the wolf I’m making is going to look more appealing than a big scary grey wolf. It’s going to be white and have sparkly rick rack on it to show how what is “bad” is also what is usually attractive.
Topic and how it fits:
The fabric book works as a remix of another text because I took fabric that was a remix of Little Red Riding Hood. Then, I converted the fabric into a fabric book. It comments on identity because it causes the adult spectator to remember his or her childhood and hopefully reflect on fairy tales—how life is either similar or fails to meet the expectations that fairy tales create.
Medium: This is an analog project—a fabric book.
I was fabric browsing at a quilt shop in a little Oklahoma town and I came across a “charm pack” collection by Moda title “Lil’ Red” and I immediately fell in love with it. I racked my mind trying to come up with a way I could remix this fabric, because I absolutely loved it, but couldn’t justify just buying it. Then (light-bulb moment!) I realized that the designer had already done part of the remixed process for me. The fabric is a “remix” of Little Red Riding Hood and so I decided to “unmix” the remix and put it back into book format.
Each piece of fabric became a page in the fabric book. On the left side of the open book, I picked fabric that was a simpler pattern and would be able to hold a fabric character from the story. The right side of the book has fabric that tells more of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. I sewed the fabrics together, wrong side to wrong side, and then once the fabrics were double sided, I sewed a binding down the left side of the pieces. I decided to add some sparkly rick-rack because I’m designing this book for a multi-generational audience and wanted the sparkles to attract the younger readers.
There are three fabric characters—Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandma, and the Wolf. I printed off templates for the people and my brother drew me a wolf to use. I cut out fabric to match them, sewed them up, and stuffed them with tissues. The two people are traditional looking—as in, I did not attempt to remix their characters or them. However, I did decide to remix the Wolf after talking with a lady I was showing my project to. She suggested making the Wolf look attractive so as to represent how evil/bad is often so attractive. So, the Wolf is white and sparkly. She also noted how that was drawing inspiration from Hoodwinked where the Wolf isn’t portrayed as all bad.
Inspiration from this project comes from my love of textiles and crafts. I wanted to do something fun and crafty that would use fabric. Fabric books for kids are extremely popular and sometimes they are called a “quiet book” because sometimes there are games and activities on the pages for children to play with during a long car ride or other activity which would require children to be quiet and entertained.
However, for the older audience, I was thinking a lot about how Once Upon a Time seems like it is an “unmixing” of Disney’s take (their remix) of the original Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. I was hoping that my fabric book might poise some of the same questions that Once Upon A Time raises—questioning reality, showing how much our childhood affects us, and challenging our view of the world,
Wolf template–my little brother drew me a wolf