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Recycled Threads



Avid recycler Pauline Proffitt of Paint Lick, KY demonstrates her process of turning old clothes and scraps of material into beautiful quilts and rugs. She attributes her skills at the loom and quilting to her mother, who passed on her knowledge of these traditional arts. Proffitt’s quilts are treasures of history, both in the myriad colors and patterns she finds in discarded fabric and in the personal stories she has woven into them through the lessons learned from her family.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show to spark a discussion of the purposes of art. Ask students to think of any objects in their homes or in the classroom that might be examples of traditional art, such as a quilt, a piece of furniture, something from the kitchen, a tool, etc.
  • Use in conjunction with the “Art of Craft: Rude Osolnik” segment on Responding to Art to initiate a discussion about the definitions of art and craft.
  • Use in conjunction with articles on folk life and folk art in the “Visual Art and Culture” section of the binder. Have students discuss the folk traditions illustrated in the video. What do the folk traditions of a family/culture reveal about the people and their history?
  • Use to encourage students to think about the folk traditions that might exist within their own families’ histories. Do students have family members who practice traditional art forms?

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