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My Friend is Bipolar

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41-39-32

ESSAY: Essay about this quilt or image object.

My significant other has Bipolar Disorder. I made this quilt to explore the characteristics of being bipolar and as the person who lives with and interacts daily with the mood swings of being manic one day/minute and then being depressed the next. I grieve for the fact that people with Bipolar Disorder have a hard time being "normal" and often need medications to balance their moods while taking away another emotion. I learned from the process the personality traits of the disorder and it helps me better understand how to adapt to the personality and mood fluctuations. I used many descriptive words in the quilt background but purposely made the colors blend because it is symbolic of the social stigma of not discussing mental health issues. I over-exaggerated the manic characteristics of over-doing things-the woman's hair, make-up, jewelry and clothing patterns and colors. With the depressed representation I kept the colors greyed, sad and subdued, the jewelry dark, and the clothing non-descript. I added the universal symbol for Bipolar Disorder in the quilt. This quilt helps me understand Bipolar Disorder better. My significant other is male but I changed the person in my quilt to a woman for anonymity.

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Quilts and Health

Who documented this quilt?

Quilts and Health

CONTRIBUTING INSTITUTIONAL INVENTORY CONTROL NUMBERS: Enter the main control number for this item you are entering. For a museum, this will probably be your acquisition number. It may be the number given to the quilt by the state or county project.

QHB-3.24

AUTHOR/INTERVIEWEE: The person who brought the quilt for documentation is the source. Enter his/her name here.

Quiltmaker

DATE OF DATA COLLECTION: Enter the date the state or county documentation form was filled out (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965).

2016

TYPE OF QUILT OBJECT: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Finished quilt

QUILT'S TITLE, IF IT HAS ONE: Enter the name given to the quilt by the maker. Many quilts have no title, but contemporary quilters often give a name to their quilts. If the quilt has no title, leave this field blank.

My Friend is Bipolar

OVERALL WIDTH: Enter how wide the quilt is. Specify units of measure (mm or in or inches)

43.5"

OVERALL LENGTH: Enter how long the quilt is. Specify unit of measure (mm or in or inches).

24.25"

SHAPE OF EDGE: Choose the best description for the edges of the quilt.

Straight

OVERALL COLOR SCHEME: Choose the best color scheme description for the quilt being documented.

Multicolor

OVERALL CONDITION: Choose the best description for the quilt being documented.

Excellent/like new

TIME PERIOD: Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made. The date does not have to appear on the quilt to enter it in this field. This can be your best guess based on family stories or your own knowledge of quilts.

2000-2025

DATE FINISHED: Enter the date the quilt was finished (as mm-dd-yyyy or c.yyyy, e.g. c.1965). Leave blank if you don't know.

2012

LAYOUT FORMAT: Choose the best description for the layout (or set) of the quilt.

Pictorial

QUILT TOP MADE BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who made the quilt top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

Ceesay, Laurie

QUILTED BY: Enter the name of the person(s) who quilted the top. Names must be listed last name first, followed by first name and middle name or initials; last name should be followed by a comma and space.

Ceesay, Laurie

CITY: Enter the name of the city where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Menominee

STATE: Enter the name of the state where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

Michigan (MI)

COUNTRY: Enter the name of the country where the quilt was made. Skip the question if you don't know where the quilt was made.

United States

QUILTMAKER'S REASONS FOR MAKING THE QUILT: If the quilt was made for a specific purpose, choose the reason from the list. Use ctrl + click to choose more than one.

Art or personal expression

OWNERSHIP OF THIS QUILT IS: Choose whether the quilt is owned by a person (private) or a museum or public collection.

Private

NAME OF QUILT OWNER: Add name of Quilt Owner if public other.

Laurie Ceesay

QUILT OWNER CITY

Menominee

QUILT OWNER STATE: State of current quilt owner.

Michigan (MI)

QUILT OWNER COUNTRY: Country of current quilt owner

United States

AVAILABLE SOURCES FOR QUILTMAKER: List other source materials about this quiltmaker such as photos, oral histories, book or newspaper publications, fame for some other reason or event.

MacDowell, Marsha; Luz, Clare; Donaldson, Beth. Quilts and Health. Indiana University Press, 2017. Page 88.

PHOTO CREDIT: Credit for photographer.

Laurie Ceesay

ACCESS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION FOR IMAGE: Choose whether this TIF is available to use other than in this database.

Restricted

Cite this Quilt

Ceesay, Lauri. My Friend is Bipolar. 2012. From Quilts and Health, Quilts and Health. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=41-39-32. Accessed: 01/26/22