For as long as mankind has lived together in groups, interlacing, weaving, sewing and all manner of work that starts with the humble thread have brought physical comfort and served as a means of expression.  From the beginning, craft has been a combination of function, ornamentation and message.  THREADS investigates all of these aspects of the fiber arts with storytelling through textiles that speak to the creativity of the human spirit. THREADS features artists whose lives are as compelling as their craft: Terese Agnew, Randall Darwall, Faith Ringgold, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. PBS premiere: May 11, 2012.

Faith Ringgold with Tar Beach. Mark Markley photograph Randall Darwall. Mark Markley photograph Consuelo Jimenez Underwood at the loom. Mark Markley photograph

Terese Agnew


EDUCATION GUIDE: Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Weaving Together Content and Form
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

In this lesson students will discover the content packed weavings of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. Across cultures and throughout time people have woven tapestries, blankets, and clothing to tell stories, signify status, and document events. Through looking at the work of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood students will consider the expressive nature of what often is assumed to be a purely functional craft. Students will focus on how content informs the artist’s chosen materials, and how these materials contribute to the content of her work. Students will engage in selecting materials to create meaning in a weaving, and will create their own weaving with what the artist refers to as a “personal thread.”


EDUCATION GUIDE: Terese Agnew: Drawing with Thread
Terese Agnew with Portrait of a Textile Worker. Mark Markley photograph

Students will explore the richly detailed work of quilter Terese Agnew, as she adopts the tradition of the quilt as a carefully made, warm and nurturing cover, for another caring purpose: encouraging empathy for others, whether workers, birds, or forests. In this lesson, students will consider the varied uses of perspective in Agnew’s work, as a compositional technique, as an aspect of empathy, and as a political stance. Students will consider the importance of titles to convey meaning. They will choose a social issue important to them. Finally, students will have the opportunity to experiment with fabric, paint, and stitching, as they create a quilt to craft their message.


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Victor Livingston ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Line Producer Sasheen Artis ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Sound Recordists Jim Keen, Susumu Tokunow ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley ∙ Assistant Editor Emily-Rose Wagner ∙ Main Title Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC ∙ Score Producer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Vocals by Nnenna Freelon, Maggie Hasspacher, Holly Light ∙ Production Coordinator Denise Kang ∙ Production Assistants Roger Chrapla, Brendan Jones, Noah Reitman ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer Jonathan Iglecias ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Publicity Beverly Feldman ∙ Print Graphics John Maeda ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten Collection, George F. Landegger Collection, Terese Agnew, John Benson, City College of New York, Randall Darwall & Brian Murphy, Rob Danielson, Jim Dewran, H. D’Laigle, Sr., Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives, Judith Leiber LLC, Gordon Munro, Museum of the City of New York, Bret Primack, Random House, Faith Ringgold, Sonny Rollins, Subbuthepeaceful, Maurice Thaler, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Jan Van Raay, Wolfgang Volz ∙ Special Thanks Russo Anastasio, ACA Galleries, Dorian Bergen, City College of New York, Lisa S. Coico, PhD, David Covington, Ray Danielson, Ernest Fleischmann, Myrah Brown Green, Susan A. Grode, Margarete & David Harvey, Carmen del Valle Hermo, Jeffrey Meyer Turntables, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Derrick Koh, MTA New York City Transit, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Milwaukee Art Museum, Eudorah Moore, Museum of Arts and Design, Dominique Paul Noth, Melissa Hartley Omholt, Ornament Magazine, Otto Neals, Laura E. Pérez PhD, Rachael Reitman, Toshi Seeger, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Ray & Jayne Thacher, Thurgood Marshall Academy, UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library, Barbara Wallace, Michele Wallace, Peg Yorkin ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2012 Craft In America, All Rights Reserved.