Lecture Description: Quilt making was brought to this continent by the early European settlers. Over time, the distance from Europe fostered a new American design tradition and the American quilt as we know it was born.
As part of this process, the techniques and supplies were also introduced to native peoples and to cultural groups that arrived here without strong quilt making traditions of their own.
This presentation explores the ways in which techniques, design sources, and function were selectively adopted and reinterpreted by these other cultural groups. Groups whose artistry is presented include the Amish, African-Americans, the Hawaiians, and Seminole, Plains, and Cuna Indians.”
About Ann: Ann has been sewing most of her life. A self-employed seamstress since 1980, she also restores antique quilts and vintage clothing, creates costume for theater and dance, and designs and creates fiber art. Her background in anthropology leads her to enjoy both the social history of quilts and quilt making as well as the creative process of expression in her own work.
Ann has lectured on quilt history and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Textile Arts Centre, the Field Museum in Chicago, and many quilt guilds and historical societies. Her quilts have been shown and published throughout the U.S. and in Japan, and she has received awards from the Barrington Area Arts Council in IL and the Sacred Threads show in Reynoldsburg, OH. Publications include "Patchwork Quilt Senka" in Japan and "Connecting Stitches: Quilts in Illinois Life".
Learn more about Ann at https://www.annquilts.com/