The Zappa Quilt
The Zappa quilt had two distinct outcomes in my work. On the one hand, I thought I wanted fame and when I had even a taste of it I did not like the bitterness there and I stepped away, changed my direction and my art went more or less underground. On the other hand, this remains my greatest work if measured in the level of connection to human life that it engendered.
Here you will see images of the scrapbook I made from the fan letters I got from wonderful, crazy Zappa fans around the world. I met some of them when my travels went their way – fantastic people ready to share with me just because I had been given all those panties and bras! Here also you will see the one and only hate letter my work engendered – a reminder that human intolerance can come up and strike us in the face for so many reasons.
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The Zappa Quilt
Currently hanging in Biloxi Mississippi at the Hard Rock Café, you can also find images of the quilt online. All the panties in the border have the edge held straight with a cardboard, on which someone somewhere in the Western US wrote a message for posterity. Frank’s message was “science.”
Frank Zappa Friends
The connections made with fans during the time I made the quilt, and as I finished it, with some even coming over to help sew was amazing!
Shots from the scrapbook - what the fans sent me
The fans made the work of this piece seem easy. Every week or so I would open my mailbox to find something outrageous. I sent them back an equally outrageous letter saying thanks.
Shots from the scrapbook. 2 - Dreams come true! I made USA today! - images and messages
As a fan of Frank Zappa’s music I want more information, as a relatively civilized human being I am disgusted! – sums up the responses.