Handmade in the Creative Economy. Featuring Gee’s Bend quilters Lucy Mingo & Mary Ann Pettway, quilter Joe Cunningham, boat builder Graham McKay & Lowell’s Boat Shop, artist Bethanne Knudson & Libby O’Bryan & The Oriole Mill, jewelry artist Shane Yamane, and Etsy.

Explore the business of the handmade, in workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy. PBS premiere: May 2, 2014.


Lucy Mingo. Mark Markley photograph Mary Ann Pettway Gees Bend Quilters

Joe Cunningham. Mark Markley photograph Lowell's Boat Shop

Bethanne Knudson The Oriole Mill Libby O'Bryan. Mark Markley photograph

Sew Co Shane Yamane in his studio. Mark Markley photograph Etsy


EDUCATION GUIDE: Gee’s Bend and The Oriole Mill: Time and Textiles
Lucy Mingo Gees Bend

In this lesson, students will explore various forms of fabric construction while considering ideas of hand work, time invested in creating art, the marketing of textiles, and humans’ use of textiles. Students will view two segments of the Craft in America INDUSTRY episode; on the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and The Oriole Mill textile factory in North Carolina. Students will examine several concepts introduced in the videos, including the comparison of creating by hand versus by machine, the function of time in the making and valuing of crafts, the marketing of textiles through association with place, and students’ essential connections with textiles. Students will practice their choice of quilting, weaving, sewing, or knitting, and then design and create fabric squares for pieced textiles. Through this work, students will determine their own perceptions of the value of handwork, time, marketing, and their daily use of textiles.


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Beth Spiegel, A.C.E. ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Associate Producer Denise Kang ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Production Coordinator Beverly Feldman ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Sound Recordist Richard K. Pooler ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley ∙ Main Title Crew Camera Control Inc., Andrew Dumas, Ruth Oglesby, Christopher Williams ∙ Additional Sound Recordist Richard Cowdrey ∙ Additional Assistant Camera Josh Weinhaus ∙ Assistant Editor Emily-Rose Wagner ∙ Score Producer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Online Assistant Editor ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer Jonathan Iglecias ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives & History, Blue Ridge Community College, Birmingham Public Library Archives, Morgan Cady-Lee, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Harvey G. Chase, Crackerclips/Pond5, CriticalPast, Joe Cunningham, Etsy, Roberta Fallon, Roland L. Freeman, International Quilt Festival, Interweave Press, Jan Lee, John E. May, Lowell’s Boat Shop, Sally McKay, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archive, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Stewart O’Shields, The Oriole Mill, Peak Definition, Penland School of Crafts, Jim Peppler, Stephen Pitkin, Souls Grown Deep Foundation, United States Postal Service, Bayard Wootten, Shane Yamane ∙ Special Thanks Jerry Ball, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Geahk Burchill, Alicia Carroll, Sebahat & Aysegul Cetinkaya, Cristina Cordova, Ursula Dean, Behida Dolic, Catharine Ellis, Kiva Ford, Susan A. Grode, Caroline Hollingsworth, Bette and Richard Jacques, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Madison Metro, Sherry Masters, Ornament Magazine, Mabel Pike, Steven Poster, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Che Rhodes, Kyle Rosfeld, Leah Schmerl, Michael Sherrill, Julie Silber, Tinwood Media, Robin Tucker∙ In Memory of Karin Higa ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2014 Craft In America, All Rights Reserved.