Audio Recording "This craft business, they want you to create your own."
About this Item
- "This craft business, they want you to create your own."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - income
- - applique quilts
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Ennice
- - Mrs. Todd started making quilts for her family to use when she was 25. She teaches quiltmaking and makes quilts to sell through a local shop to supplement her income. Geraldine Johnson described her as "a bubbly, enthusiastic person who would be a natural à interpreter of Blue Ridge quilts." This interview includes good information on the economics and practice of making quilts to sell, criteria for selection of materials to use in quilts, and how quiltmaking has changed over time.
- - Transcription: GJ: Did you ever make applique quilts? / ZT: Oh, yeah. Well, now that Dutch Girl's appliqued. You look at that, if you go back down there, you look at that. I think that's all the applique quilt I've got down there. / GJ: Do you do any applique patterns from kits or anything? / ZT: I think I did one, one time, the Tree of Life, and it was a kit. It's, it's, it was very nice, and it's all right. This craft business, they don't want you to do that. They want you to create your own, and I try to stay away from that all I can. Well, it is better to, use your own imagination. Like if you want to change a pattern, say that you're got a pattern that you want to change it, change it some way you know. You can imagine up how that it, and change it, and maybe it'd be altogether a different design, different quilt and so on. So they like for you to do that. And I think it's good for you. I think it's good to have imagination that you can create things like that. They wanted me to come up with some kind of pattern, just, you know, that I could do. Something that I would think about creating myself. Very creative. But I've never got in on that. I told 'em I didn't want to, didn't want to concentrate that much on it. I don't mind changing something just a little bit, or maybe, doing it a different way to what somebody else has done. But, they said that that was really craft when you done that. And I guess it is.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R102
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "This craftbusiness, they want you to create your own.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000090/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "This craftbusiness, they want you to create your own.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000090/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "This craftbusiness, they want you to create your own.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000090/>.