Stories Behind the Panels

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Garry Adams
Block 3633 located at American University

Garry Adams, born Gareld, was a mechanical engineer with an interest in alternative energy. He liked fixing up old things with motors – motorcycles, vintage cars, and boats.


Allen Akina
Block 2914 located at the Department of The Interior – South Plaza

Allen J.K. Akina was a Hawaiian-born fashion designer whose monarchy-influenced styles caught the eye of officials, entertainers, and modern day royalty.


Giorgio Armani Panel Made for ManyGiorgio Armani
Block 4511 located at Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase, MD

“In memory of those who have died of AIDS.  This extraordinary fabric, woven of heartache and hope, speaks to emotions and memories beyond words.”  – Giorgio Armani


Michael Brailo
Block 1709 located at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institute

Michael Brailo was a beloved uncle, known for passing time by eating sweets. When he wasn’t making junk food runs, he was collecting ceramic vases. His family included one of his favorite pieces on his panel.


Domenico Dolce and Gabbana
Block 4537 located at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created a patchwork panel featuring a range of fabrics and colors. The designers wanted to illustrate the union of many different types of people from all over the world, working together to overcome AIDS.


Scott Gallagher
Block 2463 located at Arena Stage

Scott Gallagher’s panel was made by his twin brother, Steven, almost nine years after Scott’s death. When Scott died in 1983, the diesease was so new and stigmatized, that the cause of death was listed as cancer instead of AIDS.


Tommy Hilfiger
Block 39080 located at Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase, MD

In memory of Perry Ellis.  I was inspired by Perry Ellis’s spirit.  He took American fashion and made it new, injecting humor and his own unique sense of style into each of his designs.  I chose the most basic of design techniques for this panel, the rudimentary patchwork that has been part of the American tradition since the beginning, yet still translates into American fashion today.  The actual design of the panel was not as important as the involvement and kindred spirit it created amongst us.  Through this, his memory will live on and be an inspiration to us all.”  – Tommy Hilfiger

Randy Johnson 
Block 5831 at the Textile Museum

Randy Johnson’s panel includes fifty-three 6″x6″ squares each individually submitted by one of Randy’s many friends. They always joked that Randy had forty “best friends.” Turned out he had even more than that.


Donald Kuznetsov 
Block 1419 located at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center

Donald Kuznetsov’s sister says that her brother’s first loves were  writing and show business. Kuznetsov wrote for television, contributing to shows like The White Shadow and The Love Boat.


Yves Saint Laurent Made for StephenYves Saint Laurent
Block 4510 located at The Quilt 2012 Store

“In memory of Stephen.  We are ravaged by AIDS.  People with HIV must take heart and not lay back and die.  There must be no respite in the battle to defeat AIDS.”  - Yves Saint Laurent


Eugene Manasterski
Block 2157 located at Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C. – Dupont Circle

Eugene Manasterski, or Gene, as he was known to friends and family, has a rising sun on his quilt panel. The people who loved him felt like the Ukranian-born GM employee was full of light.


Douglas McCarter
Block 1407 located at Reagan International Airport (DCA)

Douglas McCarter, known as Dug, created artwork using wire, beads, and crystals. His panel was created by his lover’s mother. She considered Dug a part of their family.


Rick McIntosh
Block 1675 located at the Harman Center for the Arts, Shakespeare Theatre

Rick McIntosh helped his friends plan his panel. It includes his bird, Baby, an African Grey Parrot, his photo, and the title from the theme song in “Beaches.”


Isaac Mizrahi Panel Made for ManyIsaac Mizrahi
Block 3906 located at Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase, MD 

“The star as a symbol has such significance for me on so many levels.  The star’s radiating design stands for merit and special ability, and in astrological terms the star has always been linked to one’s personal destiny.  I chose to represent these ideas in my panel, to highlight the talent, wit and vitality that have been extinguished by AIDS”   – Isaac Mizrahi

Robin Moberg
Block 3207 located at Donovan House @ Thomas Circle, A Kimpton Hotel

Robin Moberg was an accomplished high diver who competed all over the country. The person who made Robin’s panel was just an acquaintance named Jerry. Jerry says he did it simply because he liked the man.


Dan Pierce
Block 3171 located at Peace Corps.

Dan Pierce’s partner, Tony Mullins, wanted to make a panel befitting of a bold and vibrant young man. The basis of the panel was inspired by the Freedom Flag rainbow, to signify that his lover was indeed, finally free.


William Tatum

Block 2085 located at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building (Great Hall)

William Tatum served as the Executive Director of the Washington Free Clinic in Mount Pleasant and as a pastor to multiple Presbyterian churches throughout Washington. He is remembered for his contributions to an HIV testing and counseling program at the clinic.

Bob Wasik
Block 2974 located at the National Education Association Building (NEA)

Bob Wasik’s panel was created by the staff of the NEA, where he worked for thirteen years. His photo was taken during a video shoot about AIDS awareness that he also produced with NEA staff.



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