The idea of 'painting with fabric' led to the development of this technique. The portrait image is created through the combination of materials alone, without the use of paint.
Torn lengths of fabric from a single retired US flag are woven through a mesh panel. Created during the election campaign, it seemed appropriate to use the nations flag, reconfigured to reflect the positive notions of change and the aspirations to rebuild the United States.
The portrait was unveiled at the New York Museum of Arts and Design on Inauguration Day 2009 and became the official commemorative image for Barnes and Noble throughout the US on various products including T-shirts, posters, puzzles and mugs.