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Oral history interview with Billie Ruth Sudduth, 2007 July 26-27

Interviewee:
Sudduth, Billie Ruth, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Bringle, Cynthia  Search this
Gingrass, Katie  Search this
Risatti, Howard  Search this
Ross, Caroline Sedestrom  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Ala.)  Search this
John Campbell Folk School  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
University of Alabama  Search this
Smithsonian Craft Show  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Basket makers -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Basket making -- Cherokee  Search this
Basket making -- Choctaw  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13623
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)271795
AAA_collcode_suddut07
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_271795
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Dorothy Gill Barnes, 2003 May 2-7

Interviewee:
Barnes, Dorothy Gill, 1927-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Basket makers -- Ohio -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12427
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)240196
AAA_collcode_barnes03
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_240196
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Carol Eckert, 2007 June 18-19

Interviewee:
Eckert, Carol, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo, 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Minkowitz, Norma M.  Search this
Manhart, Marcia  Search this
Sauer, Jane  Search this
Anderson, Dale  Search this
Anderson, Doug  Search this
Covey, Steven  Search this
Docter, Marcia  Search this
Boyd, Karen Johnson  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Okun, Barbara Rose  Search this
Elliot, Lillian  Search this
Branford, Joanne Segal  Search this
Garrett, John  Search this
Lieberman, Sarah  Search this
Lieberman, David  Search this
McQueen, John  Search this
Blaine, Sandy  Search this
Niehues, Leon  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Turk, Rudy H.  Search this
Eckert, Tom  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13619
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)271200
AAA_collcode_eckert07
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_271200
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Billie Ruth Sudduth

Interviewee:
Sudduth, Billie Ruth  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Ala.) -- Students  Search this
John Campbell Folk School -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Smithsonian Craft Show  Search this
University of Alabama -- Students  Search this
Bringle, Cynthia, 1939-  Search this
Gingrass, Katie  Search this
Risatti, Howard, 1943-  Search this
Ross, Caroline Sedestrom  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound discs (Sound recording (4 hr., 42 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2007 July 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Billie Ruth Sudduth conducted 2007 July 26-27, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home and studio, in Bakersville, North Carolina.
Sudduth speaks of her childhood in Alabama; her adoptive family; growing up in a creative and musical environment; an early exposure to women working with their hands; buying a Cherokee basket at age 12; childhood piano lessons and later exploring rhythm in her baskets; attending Huntingdon College; a strained relationship with her mother; meeting her biological family; attending the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and earning a Master's degree in social work; working as a social worker and psychologist for over 20 years; balancing a career with family; taking a basket-making class in an effort to relax and do something for herself; making baskets in spare time and teaching herself new techniques; her family's move to Las Vegas, Nevada; teaching basket-making classes to adults; developing Math in a Basket curriculum; an interest in Fibonacci and the inclusion of its ratio in her baskets; an interest in color and natural dyes; returning to North Carolina and focusing full time on basket making; receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Emerging Artists grant to photo-document her body of work; becoming interested in chaos theory and its application to her basketry; the popularity and success of Math in a Basket; teaching experiences at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and John Campbell Folk School; receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist grant to study Cherokee, Choctaw, and other Native American tribes' basketry; her extensive basket collection; the honor of being named a North Carolina Living Treasure; participating in juried shows, including exhibiting at the Smithsonian Craft Show for 12 years and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for seven years; the evolution of her workspace and studio; making the Carolina snowflake, which was exhibited at the White House; her exhibition history; an increasing respect for and recognition of baskets as art objects; the advantages university-trained artists have over self-taught artists; learning the business side of art making through trial and error; living and working in an incredible community of artists and collectors in North Carolina; a growing interest and participation in donating her baskets for fundraisers; and looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. Sudduth also recalls Cynthia Bringle, Carol Sedestrom Ross, Kenneth Trapp, Howard Risatti, Katie Gingrass, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Billie Ruth Sudduth is a basketmaker from Bakersville, North Carolina. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 42 min.
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.
Occupation:
Psychologists -- North Carolina  Search this
Social workers -- North Carolina  Search this
Topic:
Basket makers -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Basket making -- Cherokee  Search this
Basket making -- Choctaw  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.suddut07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-suddut07

Oral history interview with Carol Eckert

Interviewee:
Eckert, Carol  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Anderson, Dale, 1944-  Search this
Anderson, Doug, 1943-  Search this
Blaine, Sandy  Search this
Boyd, Karen Johnson  Search this
Branford, Joanne Segal, 1933-1994  Search this
Covey, Steven  Search this
Docter, Marcia  Search this
Eckert, Tom, 1942-  Search this
Elliot, Lillian  Search this
Garrett, John  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Lieberman, David  Search this
Lieberman, Sarah  Search this
Manhart, Marcia, 1943-  Search this
McQueen, John, 1943-  Search this
Minkowitz, Norma M., 1937-  Search this
Niehues, Leon  Search this
Okun, Barbara Rose  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Sauer, Jane, 1937-  Search this
Turk, Rudy H.  Search this
Extent:
48 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 June 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Carol Eckert conducted June 18-19, 2007 by Jo Lauria, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's home and studio in Tempe, Arizona.
Eckert speaks of moving from North Carolina to New York during her childhood; her interest in making things as a child; her love of reading and a particular interest in mythology, legends, and fairy tales; choosing to pursue painting as an art major at Arizona State University; working as a substitute teacher after graduation; teaching herself the needle arts; and teaching painting and drawing classes at a local community arts center.
She also discusses experimenting with clay; the process that guides her work; the influence of her painting training on her color and composition choices; her marriage to furniture maker Tom Eckert; the development of the basketry field over the past decades; participating in exhibitions and shows; teaching workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; the cross-cultural animal symbolism present in her pieces; the working environment in her studio; the importance of craft publications; the development in her own work towards larger pieces; her commitment to the longevity and preservation of her work; and upcoming exhibitions.
Eckert recalls Steven Covey, Barbara Rose Okun, Jane Sauer, Sandy Blaine, Lillian Elliot, Joanne Segal Branford, John Garrett, John McQueen, Leon Niehues, Norma Minkowitz, Sarah and David Lieberman, Janet Koplos, Marcia Docter, Doug and Dale Anderson, Karen Johnson Boyd, Rudy Turk, Marcia Manhart, Joanne Rapp, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Carol Eckert (1945- ) is a fiber artist from Tempe, Arizona. Jo Lauria is a curator and arts wrtier from Los Angeles, California.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 40 min.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Occupation:
Fiber artists -- Arizona  Search this
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Painting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.eckert07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-eckert07

Oral history interview with Dorothy Gill Barnes

Creator:
Barnes, Dorothy Gill, 1927-  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
67 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2003 May 2-7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Dorothy Gill Barnes conducted 2003 May 2-7, by Joanne Cubbs, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home, in Worthington, Ohio, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Barnes speaks of her childhood in Iowa; studying art at Coe College, Minneapolis School of Art, University of Iowa, and Cranbrook Academy of Art; her experiences teaching art in a junior high school, college, and at workshops; the role of her family in her artistic career; she describes shows in the 1970s that inspired her interest in basketry, including the Lausanne Biennale, the Miniature Textile Exhibition in London and "In Praise of Hands" at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, 1974; the benefits of craft schools in arts education; her travels in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, China, and Honduras; collaborations and apprenticeships; her involvement in "Weave a Real Peace," a community aspiring to "improve the world through textiles"; women and ethnicity as inspiration; her reverence for nature and her knowledge and respect for trees; her working environment in her studio and in the woods; the elements of play and experimentation in her work; her use of dendroglyphs; the role of universities in the craft movement; critiques from various audiences and in periodicals; the value of a photo archive; she explains how the material and traditions in basketry influence her art; the difficulty and beauty of working with organic materials; the evolution of her work; her exhibition history; her political and social activities; her involvement in national and local organizations; the importance of timing as part of her artistic process; her use of power tools and collaborators; and she concludes with a statement about the National Basketry Organization. She recalls John Schulze, Audrey Flack, Osma Gallinger Tod, Jane Sauer, Ed Rossbach, Pat Hickman, Lillian Elliot, David and Judy Drew, Jack Lenor Larsen, Jiro Yonezawa, Elsabe Dixon, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Dorothy Gill Barnes (1927- ) is a basket maker of Worthington, Ohio. Joanne Cubbs (1955- ) is a writer and curator.
General:
Originally recorded 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 38 min.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Basket makers -- Ohio -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.barnes03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-barnes03

Festival footage: NEA Narrative Stage: Passing it On; Making Hawaiian Leis; Frames, Fames & Aims; Southern Italian Stories

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Masters of the Traditional Arts Program 1994 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Wassmer, Franklin (field worker)  Search this
Performer:
Washburn, Newton, 1915-2011  Search this
Cephas, John  Search this
Severe, Duff, 1919-2004  Search this
McDonald, Marie A.  Search this
Hawes, Bess Lomax, 1921-2009  Search this
Bergey, Barry  Search this
Sheehy, Daniel Edward  Search this
Cofone, Frank  Search this
DeFranco Family  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (videocassette (VHS))
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Hawaiians  Search this
Italian Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
New Hampshire
Virginia
Oregon
California
Mexico
Hawaii
Italy
New Jersey
Track Information:
101 Pasing it On: Master Teachers / Newton Washburn, John Cephas, Duff Severe.

102 Making Hawaiian Leis / Marie A. McDonald.

103 Frames, Fames and Aims: History & Goals of Heritage Program / Bess Lomax Hawes, Barry Bergey, Daniel Edward Sheehy.

104 Southern Italian Stories, Songs and Dances / DeFranco Family, Frank Cofone.
Local Numbers:
FP-1994-1/2VHS-0021
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.).
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Saddlery  Search this
Basket making  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Lei making  Search this
Leis -- Hawaii  Search this
Public Programs  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1994 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1994, Item FP-1994-1/2VHS-0021
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1994 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1994 Festival of American Folklife / Series 4: Masters of Traditional Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows / 4.4: Video
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1994-ref858

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Conservation: Natural and Cultural (Sweezy, Sedotal, Fleming, Spitzer)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Artist:
Sweezy, Nancy (field worker)  Search this
Sedotal, Raymond, 1924-2006  Search this
Fleming, Elizabeth  Search this
Spitzer, Nicholas R.  Search this
Performer:
Sweezy, Nancy (field worker)  Search this
Sedotal, Raymond, 1924-2006  Search this
Fleming, Elizabeth  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
South Carolina
Charlesville (S.C.)
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Date:
1988 June 25
Contents:
Conservation: Natural and Cultural
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0099
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 25, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Natural resources  Search this
Boatbuilding  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Basket making  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0099
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref581

Twining cedar : Annette Island Tsimshian basket weaving / a produced by : Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum ; project director : Aron Crowell ; project manager and video editor : Dawn Biddison ; videography by : Anna Hoover, Dawn Biddison

Project director:
Crowell, Aron 1952-  Search this
Videographer:
Biddison, Dawn Drake  Search this
Hoover, Anna  Search this
Author:
Arctic Studies Center (National Museum of Natural History)  Search this
Haayk Foundation (Metlakatla, Alaska)  Search this
Physical description:
3 videodiscs (approximately 258 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Video recordings
Place:
Alaska
Annette Island
Date:
2017
Topic:
Tsimshian baskets--Study and teaching  Search this
Basket making--Study and teaching  Search this
Alaska Native basket makers  Search this
Indian women basket makers  Search this
Basket makers  Search this
Alaska Native baskets--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
video 001576
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1099855

Basic basketry for the elementary school child : working it into your curriculum / by Laura Lee Barrett

Author:
Barrett, Laura Lee  Search this
Physical description:
42 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Basket making--Study and teaching (Elementary)  Search this
Call number:
LB1543 .B37 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748809

Basketry and similar crafts

Author:
Grossert, John Watt  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1953
Topic:
Baskets--Study and teaching  Search this
Basket making--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
N273 .G76 1953
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_946931

Social history and context

Author:
Van Heerden, Jannie  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2009
Topic:
Zulu baskets  Search this
Basket making--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
TT879.B3 V26 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_987475

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