Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Craft In America - a journey to the artists origins and techniques of American craft
grey line
TV Series artists exhibition education videos schedule about us Buy the DVD
grey line
Memory Landscape Community Origins Process Messages Family Threads Crossroads
Forge Holiday Industry Service

memory artists
Cliff Lee
Terese Agnew

Terese Agnew with Portrait of a Textile Worker, Mark Markley photograph

Terese Agnew's work has evolved from sculpture to densely embroidered quilts by a process she calls “drawing with thread”. Her themes are environmental and social. Her most notable quilt, Portrait of a Textile Worker, is constructed of thousands of clothing labels stitched together, contributed by hundreds of sympathetic individuals worldwide. The resulting image is about the exploitation and abuse of laborers, the by-products of globalization and the insatiable American appetite for goods.

Back to Top >

Holly Lee
Randall Darwall

Randall Darwall at the Smithsonian Craft Show, Jennifer Gerardi photograph

Randall Darwall is a master colorist and weaver whose hallmark is an extraordinarily refined aesthetic, is one of contemporary craft’s finest weavers, bringing an intelligence and liveliness to his work. He sees his goal as “not just making patterns, but giving people something to think about.” For Darwall, dyeORing and weaving is a way to set up a conversation between colors; when the cloth is worn, it becomes kinetic. His approaching 25th anniversary with life‐partner and designer Brian Murphy is testament to a joyous, enduring relationship that colors his work.

Back to Top >

Paul Marioni
Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold with Tar Beach, Mark Markley photograph

Internationally celebrated artist, teacher and author, Faith Ringgold is best known for her painted story quilts to bring the proud history of African-American masters to a new generation. Her story is about a "veritable lifetime in a struggle to become an artist." Her famous quilt, Tar Beach resides at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Ringgold also works in many other media, such as a notable mosaic for the New York subway system at 125th Street in Harlem.

Back to Top >

Dante Marioni
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Weaver and artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Courtesy of the Artist

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood incorporates weaving, sewing, painting, and appliqué to produce a proud political statement, representing her own history as a migrant agricultural worker, signifying her hybrid culture as well as the arbitrary lines that divide. Artistic expression is deeply tied to traditional Huichol weaving, a heritage she incorporates into her large mixed media textiles. Borders and barriers are the vocabulary she uses to describe and celebrate the lives of migrant workers and indigenous people who are marginalized and downtrodden. 

Back to Top >

spacer image spacer image spacer image
grey line


Click below to read about the artists.


Ehren Tool
Pam DeLuco
Judas Recendez
Eugene Burks
Peter Voulkos


Joe Cunningham
Bethanne Knudson
Jan Lee
Graham McKay
Lucy Mingo
Libby O'Bryan
Mary Ann Pettway
Shane Yamane


Harley Refsal
Susan Garson
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Kathleen Trenchard
Grove Park Inn
Biltmore House
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez


Chloe Darke
Tom Pullin
Albert Paley


Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich


Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood


Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell


Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott


92nd St Y 
Dave & Roberta Williamson 
Cary Esser 
Nikki Lewis 
Kansas City Art Institute 
North Bennet Street School 
Julie Chen 
Tom Killion


Philip Simmons 
Jugtown Pottery 
Mark Hewitt 
Teri Greeves 
Jim Bassler 
Paul Stankard 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens


Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace


Jan Yager
Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge


Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof
Cranbrook Academy of Art

spacer image spacer image spacer image spacer image
craft stars
grey line
more informationcreditscontact craft in america

© 2007-2012 Craft In America, All rights reserved

nea masterpieces logoneanea logocpb logoitvs logoclarkson potter logo
spacer image
spacer image