I’m a sophomore at Georgia State University, taking English 1102 in this course we are working with the NAMES Project. We’re required to memorialize a specific panel, the average size of the panels in the AIDS quilt are 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. The quilt is square shaped and includes the names of people who lost the battle against AIDS. all quilts are 12 feet long and 12 feet wide, each panel featured in the quilts are unique because they are dedicated to a lost life due to the fight against AIDS. Some include more than one person in a panel, these panels are created by family or friends. Depending on the size of each panel they can range from 4-8 individual panels on one quilt.
The quilt displayed is located in the top left corner of block number 4363. This quilt memorializes Floyd C. Parker, Jr. The colors that were featured in the panel were a navy blue background and baby blue writing. The choice of the dark navy blue helped the words and phrases catch the eyes of onlookers much more easier. This panel gives us a look back into the interests of Parker Jr., he was a big Tar Heel fan from his birth til his death as this was the phrase: ”I’m a Tar Heel Born, I’m a Tar Heel Bred and when I Die… I’m a Tar Heel Dead.” The phrase was a cut out of all capital letters in the light blue color. Pictures of him are also featured, these pictures are placed on top of a red rectangular cut out, with him holding a camera up which depicts his interest in photography and videography, he and his friend, Rif, who made the panel, another with him playing with his dog. “A special friend” was written in a fire red cut out of all capital letters. All of the words used in this panel consist of the same fabric just in different colors to draw attention to the intricate details for others to appreciate Parker Jr.’s story.
The navy blue background offers contrast for the light blue, vibrant golden yellow and fire red, as well as, the white trim. The light blue inscription is the quote that Parker, Jr. lived by, his date of birth and deceased date. The vibrant gold letter displays his nickname, Barry Le Master. The fire red displays the wording “A Special Friend”.
His name is written in a bold header format with larger font which is just above the quote that he lived by. What may seem as just a statement tells us a lot about Floyd C. Parker, Jr. His loyalty is sincere because he was a dedicated alumni of the Tar Heel basketball program from birth to death.
He was born on May 24, 1935, making him a Gemini. This may explain his loyalty to the basketball team and love for videography as the Gemini sign is a social butterfly and uses any moment to express their creative talents.
Two pictures are featured above the “A Special Friend” inscription, one is with his friend, Rif who made the panel and the other was Parker, Jr. and his dog. Using a vibrant red cut out of letters to grab the viewer’s attention.
This picture was printed in the dimensions of 5 by 7 inches and features Parker, Jr. and his friend Rif who made the panel at the beach. Rif also wrote a poem detailing the character and personality of Parker, Jr. while living with this deadly disease. Rif tells us about a time when he was sick and Parker, Jr. took him to the hospital and stayed with him until he was discharged. Although Parker, Jr. was battling this disease he lived every day to the best of his ability, high in spirit and joyfully.
Parker, Jr. was an avid videographer who enjoyed filming the basketball games, while being a member of the UNC Educational Foundation. The picture shows Parker, Jr. smiling while holding a camcorder which leads one to believe that he had a passion for videography. This 5 by 7 inch picture is placed to the left of the wording “A Special Friend” and right under the wording “Barry Le Master”. This picture is crystal clear as if it was printer and immediately placed on the panel, the thin 1 cm fire red border around the picture offers a contrast to it since it is so bright.
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