Maxine Stovall and Kathy Muhammed presenting a quilt at the Indiana State Fair.

In this episode, we talk about the the diverse meaning of objects. From Civil Rights quilts to Amish buggies, we explore how objects communicate various meanings. Using a semiotics approach we explore the difference between the various ways that objects serve as signs:icon, index and symbol. I share some observations from Peter Bogatyrev’s book, The Functions of Folk Costume in Moravian Slovakia, as a way of talking about the meaning of things. We then discuss how insiders and outsiders can see very different things when looking at the exact same object.

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