Jan 3, 2020

Craft in America: Quilts

If you missed last night's newest episide of Craft in America: Quilts,
it is still available to view at this link below.

In the past, this award winning PBS series periodically featured short segments on quilts and quilters in America. They were extremely well done documenteries and incredibly interesting to crafters and artists of all kinds.

But over the past decades quilting interest and the number of quilters in America has skyrocketed as has the interest in quilts and their quilters.

In the newest series the entire program was devoted to quilts.  With a focus on  
contemporary quilters from diverse traditions the program with a team of six, celebrate the important role quilts have played in our country’s story.

Featuring four contemporary quilters selected by a team based on surveys and interest groups quilt artists, Susan Hudson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michael A. Cummings, Judith Content, the International Quilt Museum, and with special guest Ken Burns. 

The series begins at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the world’s largest publicly held collection of approximately 6,000 quilts from more than 50 countries, dating from the 1600s to today.

Twenty-eight of those quilts are owned by filmmaker Ken Burns.
And to quote the already legendary documentary fim maker.

“This is what human beings are required to do, to take raw materials and transform them into something greater than the sum of their parts,” Burns says. “And that’s what a quilt is, that’s what art is.”

And as artist Susan Hudson so beautifully explains her creative process:

Albuquerque Journal


I start to see visions coming through my head,” she says. 
“It’s like those old-time movie projectors where the pictures come slowly and cut in and out. 
That’s my process. I take the time to figure out how I’m going to re-create each one.” 
After the visions appear, Hudson then looks for help from her spirit helpers.
“I always seek guidance from them,” she says. “I’ll put an idea to the side and pray on about it. Then about 10 minutes later, I’ll see how I’m going to fix or continue something.

It always involves more than just me. The spiritual guidance is there to ensure that the story is told boldly and truthfully.”

The programs also features New York based quilters Victoria Finley Wolfe.

and Michael A. Cummings,

as well as 

California-based quilter Judith Content.

To watch the video now while the link is still available go to:

QUILTS episode | Season 11 Episode 1 | Craft in America | PBS

To read about the exhibition

Craft in America: Quilts 4 Directions

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


Celia said...

What a wonderful quilt show that must be. Quilters are really artists. Has no idea Ken Burns collected quilts. So interesting.

Hope your and your family have a good New Year Michele.

O'Quilts said...

I loved loved loved this show. Sending love vibrations across this land for you and yours..Life is so darned hard sometimes xoxo