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Interviewee:
Giles, Mary, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Sauer, Jane, 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Buckman, Jan  Search this
DeRaad, Rianna  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee  Search this
Itter, Diane  Search this
Jacobs, Ferne K. (Ferne Kent)  Search this
Kranzberg, Nancy  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Martin, Agnes  Search this
Nottingham, Walter  Search this
Okun, Barbara Rose  Search this
Reed, Duane  Search this
Schira, Cynthia  Search this
Shieber, Horty  Search this
American Crafts Council  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Mankato State University  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
SOFA Chicago  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Minnesota -- Description and travel
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New Mexico
Physical Description:
4 Items, Sound recording: 4 sound files (2 hr., 43 min.), digital, wav; 46 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 43 min.
Summary:
An interview of Mary Giles conducted 2006 July 18, by Jane Sauer, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the home of Jane Sauer, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Giles speaks of childhood summers spent on Pine Lake in Minnesota; receiving a B.S. in art education from Mankato State University, Minnesota; educational experiences at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; the influence of nature and Native American art in her work; finding inspiration in "woods and water"; spirituality; teaching elementary art in St. Louis for 28 years while pursuing her art; the materials she works with, including wax linen and various metals; the techniques she uses, such as coiling, twining, torching, hammering, and knotting; the importance of a studio; the appeal of natural aging and corrosion of materials; the competitiveness of craft fields in the United States; attending American Craft Council shows and Sculpture Objects & Functional Art expositions in Chicago; craft as art in the United States; her experience showing in galleries and struggles with pricing; participating in the Poland Triennale in Lodz, Poland, 2001; the pioneering efforts of female fiber artists. Giles also recalls Mary Lee Hu, Diane Itter, Jack Lenor Larsen, Walter Nottingham, Rianna DeRaad, Cynthia Schira, Ferne Jacobs, Barbara Rose Okun, Nancy Kranzberg, Jan Buckman, Horty Shieber, Duane Reed, Agnes Martin, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Mary Giles, 2006 July 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Mary Giles (1944- ) is an artist of Stillwater, Minnesota. Jane Sauer (1937- ) is an artist and gallery owner of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Language Note:
English .
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women textile artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13564
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)261680
AAA_collcode_giles06
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_261680