Fabric/Fiber: Brad and Sandie Ruppert, Figurative and Abstract Fiber Art
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New February 2023! Meet the husband and wife team who create artwork that is both abstract and figurative using fabric remnants from a cowboy hat factory. See their work and their creative process.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: AandA-BSRuppert**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: Have students respond to the art as a critic and as a potential customer. What do they like about it? Whatt do they consider its strengths and weaknesses? Would they buy such art? Why or why not?
  • Activity Idea: Rather than sourcing felt, collect pieces of heavy fabric or cardboard for a upcycled art project. Working in teams of two, have students follow the process the artists take for their animal pieces; source images, combine into one drawing, then create the piece with the fabric or cardboard. Each student should have a specific role in the creation. Using their pieces, have an exhibition for the school with information on the materials used, animal created and the students’ roles.


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.