Saturday, April 30, 2011
30. Quilters : Women and Domestic Art : An Oral History
Rated 5 Stars
I find the history of these strong women who learned to make to in the days before Wal-Mart and Shopping Mall's fascinating.
Those forms of creativity dominated by women-weaving, potting, quilting-have long been called "crafts," as if to imply that women weren't capable of artistic inspiration. These domestic arts were, however, often the only artistic outlet historically available to women, and the skills were passed down from mother to daughter. Poignantly revealed here, through interviews with quilters all over the Southwest, is how these women gained inspiration for their art from their daily lives. The quilts aren't idle pictures to hang on the wall; they are alive as dynamic parts of everyday life, reflecting family, community and history.