Monthly Archives: August 2020

Folk Art: My Favorite Story Form, Kavita Parmar

I am a story junkie. I have to finish every book or movie I start as curiosity would kill me otherwise. Even as a young girl I would hide novels inside my science books pretending as if I was doing my biology homework. My family, like any self-respecting Indian clan, hoped their daughter would be…
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Generational Threads, Suzanne Turner

I had never realized my lifelong love affair with folk art until I began attending the International Folk Arts Market over a decade ago. And I never wondered why I was so drawn to the art form until I was asked to write this brief essay. Like any other collector’s passion, my connection to folk…
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A Rug As Antidote, Mary Anne Wise

My parents bought me McCall’s Giant Golden Make-It Book when I was 8 years old. Within the pages of this beloved book, I learned to scout and gather common household materials and transform these materials into useful objects. A thin dowel with a wooden clothespin glued to the top and the opposite dowel end sunk…
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Women of the Cloth, Susan Hull Walker

I grew up in a home with my father’s academic library on the top floor and my mother’s windowless sewing room in the basement. He was an orator, a man of the word; she a couture-worthy seamstress and homemaker.  I perched in-between. Early on, I followed my father’s path into the study of religion at…
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