Southern Indiana Download (32.2MB) A ton of information is embedded in historic photographs, especially when the images include artisans and handmade objects. In this episode of the Artisan Ancestors, I talk about my work identifying, organizing, and analyzing historic photograms. Focusing on my work with pictures of oak rod baskets from Southern Indiana,  I share how […]

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Jon Kay on May 30, 2011

While driving through Southern Indiana, I stopped at a small antique/ junk shop. in hopes of finding handmade objects that reflect the culture, aesthetics and values of  the  communities that I visit. I rummaged through boxes of several old tools, religious memorabilia (it was a historically Catholic community). In the back o t the store, […]

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Jon Kay on April 15, 2011

A few weeks ago, my 93 year old grandmother sent me to the basement to look for an old stoneware jar that she wanted to show me. While I didn’t find the jar I found a “shuckin peg” in an old basket. I recognized the tool as a necessary tool for shucking or removing the […]

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