Jon Kay on April 8, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601702.us.archive.org/7/items/Episode37.QuiltsInChina/Episode%2037.%20Quilts%20in%20China.mp3Podcast: Download (23.8MB) No cultural expression is more synonymous with American traditional arts than quilt making. In this episode, I talk with SouthArts folklorist and senior program director Teresa Hollingsworth  about The Sum of Many Parts, a large exhibit of quilts made by 25 contemporary America artisans. Katy Malone joins the interview and explains her […]

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Jon Kay on September 29, 2012

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601505.us.archive.org/20/items/Episode29theManifoldMeaningOfThings/Episode29-1TheManifoldMeaningOfThings_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Download (17.6MB) 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 […]

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I wanted to point folks toward my recent book review for Museum Anthropology Review of Philena’s Friendship Quilt by Lynda Salter Chenoweth. “The popular pastimes of quilt making and genealogical research have grown into multimilliondollar industries and the emergence of quilting retreats and scrap-booking classes complicate the stereotypical images of women gathering around a quilt frame […]

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Jon Kay on June 27, 2011

This is a traditional bed turning ceremony done by the Sisters of the Cloth of Fort Wayne Indiana. As part of an exhibition at the Indiana State Fair, Traditional Arts Indiana, invited them to be featured artists at the Home and Family arts stage. I really appreciated that they allowed me to video this presentation. […]

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Jon Kay on January 18, 2011

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode8_TheQuiltsOfPrinceEdwardIsland.mp3Podcast: Download (28.1MB) In this episode we talk with Sherrie Davidson a quilt research, who recently completed her book, the [amazon_link id=”1551097680″ target=”_blank” ]Quilts of Prince Edward Island[/amazon_link]. We talk with her about the quilt survey and subsequent archival research she did to trace the origins and development of this traditional art. She shares how […]

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Jon Kay on December 6, 2010

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia600707.us.archive.org/12/items/ArtisanAncestorsPodcastseason1Episodes1-25/Episode7_LaurelHorton_sTextileResearch.mp3Podcast: Download (26.8MB) In this episode Jon Kay talks with Laurel Horton a folklorist and quilt and textile researcher.  Horton has studied and made quilts since 1975. She recently published the book Mary Black’s Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life, which blends historical and genealogical methods with a behavioral approach to material culture studies. […]

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