At the time, I was fascinated with the visuals that came from this: photos of crowds, city-blocks wide, completely covered by umbrellas; the metal barricades with the military or police on one side, the other side filled with umbrellas; a wall covered with post-it notes that mostly were drawings of umbrellas; and a giant wooden man with an umbrella.
I played off the shapes of the first quilt while overlaying it with the barricade shapes. Yellow begins to dominate the reds in this second quilt.
- All would use yellow fabrics to signify the Umbrella Movement, and reds to represent China and the government
- All will have the dark background and plaid 'ground'
- All will use the curves and slashing lines for democracy
In the third quilt, I concentrated on the umbrellas and tear gas. The yellow curves take over--both as umbrella and as part of the tear gas.
In the movement, hundreds of people with umbrellas held off the police, hoses in hand, tear-gassing the crowds. Next to the barricades, the umbrellas were held sideways. This quilt sees both groups.