Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ohio Quilt Artists as Teachers
by Schmitt, Mary Donatelli, M.A., The University of Akron, 2005, 87; 10805887
Abstract (Summary)

This study focused on the teaching methods of some of Ohio's most respected art quilt teachers. The participants shared their unique approaches to the challenges of the teaching and their insights on changes and challenges shaping the art quilt movement.

Ohio played an important role in the development of the national art quilt movement. Its artists became leaders in this segment of the late-twentieth century quilt revival. They helped explore and develop new approaches to quiltmaking and helped fuel the movement with exhibits, symposiums, educational opportunities, and publications.

The oral history method of research used in this study allowed participants to share their unique approaches to teaching and to express their ideas and concerns. The flexible nature of this method allowed for research findings to extend beyond the parameters of the original interview questions. Participating art quilt teachers included Nancy Crow, Vikki Pignatelli, Elaine Plogman, Susan Shie, and David Walker. Interviews with Ricky Clark and Penny McMorris, who helped shape the art quilt movement, added depth to the research.

The study revealed the nature of the art quilt profession. Participants discussed their daunting schedules, the importance of centering when quilting, the pleasures of teaching, and the ways the profession has evolved in response to the modern abundance of fabric, publications, equipment/technology, Internet access, marketing plans, and educational symposiums. They also discussed challenges and concerns shared by art quilt professionals. These included the potential stagnation of a teacher's own creative work as a result of extensive teaching and the problem of art quilters being overly influenced by each others' work and popular trends. They also mentioned the value of incorporation academic training in both fine art and textile studies into art quilt education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gunn, Virginia
School: The University of Akron
Department: Clothing, Textiles and Interiors
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, American studies
Keywords: Art quilt education in academia, Art quilt movement, Challenges/concerns of art quilt professionals, Ohio art quilt teachers, Oral history method, Teaching methods
Publication Number: 10805887
ISBN: 978-0-355-83515-1
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