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 Gees Bend

In Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilting has brought economic success to women whose remarkable quilts have astonished the world. Quilters Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway learned their skills from generations of women who passed down their expertise, never dreaming that what they were creating would one day be considered art. World-wide attention guarantees a stable income for these pioneers of the creative economy.


Joe Cunningham. Mark Markley photograph

Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979 after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. Cunningham’s life is steeped in the study of quilt history and a love of traditional technique from which he has developed a unique and lyrical personal style.



At Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Graham McKay makes dories in the 220-year tradition of Lowell’s craftsmanship and directs a living museum that features the craft of boat building and its pivotal role in the economy and history of New England. He opens the doors of the shop to local high school students, continuing the tradition by bringing them into the building process.


Bethanne Knudson

At Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina, American textile manufacturing is thriving once again. Deep in an area of the South, once the heart of textile manufacturing, artist Bethanne Knudson is proving, through creativity, expertise and sheer determination, that an industry can revive itself. Knudson is one of the many Western North Carolina artists who have revived the economy of Asheville through their creative endeavors and made it an arts destination.


Shane Yamane in his studio. Mark Markley photograph

In Brooklyn, New York, artist Shane Yamane combines traditional techniques with modern technology to market his precious jewelry on his website and through Etsy, the extraordinarily successful online craft marketplace that yields an astounding $1.35 billion in annual sales for 1 million artists worldwide.



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.