Warp and Weft, Cross and Twist: Community Pedagogy and Artistic Attribution in Weaving and Lace Making Communities, New York, and New Jersey, 1920-Present


Danielle Burke (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

A case study of Olive (Fink) Risch with complimentary ethnographic, archival, and studio research invite conversations on political agency available to textile practitioners who were also homemakers. Their geographic location, educational infrastructures, and socio-economic positions all impacted which crafts were taught, for what purpose, and with varying depths of lineage made noteworthy. I argue that there is a distinct relationship in vernacular communities between craft pedagogy and artistic attribution which goes unmarked in formal archives, institutional settings, and popular understandings of craft processes. This study broadens folklore scholarship on laborlore, expansive authorship, pedagogy of craft, and textile materials as text.

Part of 36-01 Textiles, Dress, and Agency, Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm