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Craft In America: Threads

The Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning CRAFT IN AMERICA, now in its fourth season, promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity. Audiences explore issues of identity, history, philosophy, ancestry, cultural exchange, repression and freedom. In this episode, explore woven textiles and story quilts by artists Faith Ringgold of Harlem, Randall Darwall of Cape Cod, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood in California and Terese Agnew in Wisconsin.

“Practice Bomber Range in the Mississippi Flyway,” 2002, by Terese Agnew.

“Practice Bomber Range in the Mississippi Flyway,” 2002, by Terese Agnew.

Credit: Courtesy of Terese Agnew

Detail of “Practice Bomber Range in the Mississippi Flyway,” 2002, by Terese Agnew.

Detail of “Practice Bomber Range in the Mississippi Flyway,” 2002, by Terese Agnew.

Credit: Courtesy of Terese Agnew

“Portrait of a Textile Worker,” 2011, by Terese Agnew.

“Portrait of a Textile Worker,” 2011, by Terese Agnew.

Credit: Courtesy of Terese Agnew

“The D.O.T. Straightens Things Out,” 1999, by Terese Agnew.

“The D.O.T. Straightens Things Out,” 1999, by Terese Agnew.

Credit: Courtesy of Terese Agnew

“Cedar Waxwings at the AT & T Parking Lot,” 1996, by Terese Agnew.

“Cedar Waxwings at the AT & T Parking Lot,” 1996, by Terese Agnew.

Credit: Courtesy of Terese Agnew

Quilter Terese Agnew of Wisconsin.

Quilter Terese Agnew of Wisconsin.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

“Cotton Fields, Sunflowers, Blackbirds and Quilting Bees,” Faith Ringgold. ©Faith Ringgold, 1997, The American Collection, #8.

“Cotton Fields, Sunflowers, Blackbirds and Quilting Bees,” Faith Ringgold. ©Faith Ringgold, 1997, The American Collection, #8.

Credit: Courtesy of Faith Ringgold

“Echoes of Harlem” ©Faith Ringgold, 1980.

“Echoes of Harlem” ©Faith Ringgold, 1980.

Credit: Courtesy of Faith Ringgold

“The American People Series #9: The American Dream” ©Faith Ringgold, 1964.

“The American People Series #9: The American Dream” ©Faith Ringgold, 1964.

Credit: Courtesy of Faith Ringgold

“Sonny’s Quilt” by Faith Ringgold. ©Faith Ringgold, 1986.

“Sonny’s Quilt” by Faith Ringgold. ©Faith Ringgold, 1986.

Credit: Courtesy of Faith Ringgold

“Mother’s Quilt” ©Faith Ringgold, 1983.

“Mother’s Quilt” ©Faith Ringgold, 1983.

Credit: Courtesy of Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold with “Tar Beach,” 2011.

Faith Ringgold with “Tar Beach,” 2011.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

“Undocumented Border Flowers,” by Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, 2010.

“Undocumented Border Flowers,” by Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, 2010.

Credit: Courtesy of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood/Photo by Jim Dewran

“Rebozos de la Frontera: Noche,” by Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, 2001.

“Rebozos de la Frontera: Noche,” by Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, 2001.

Credit: Courtesy of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood working on a moon rebozo.

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood working on a moon rebozo.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Brian Murphy, designer, and Randall Darwall, handweaver.

Brian Murphy, designer, and Randall Darwall, handweaver.

Credit: Courtesy of Beverly Feldman

Handwoven dye patterned blouse by Randall Darwall and Brian Murphy.

Handwoven dye patterned blouse by Randall Darwall and Brian Murphy.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Handwoven dye patterned scarf by Randall Darwall and Brian Murphy.

Handwoven dye patterned scarf by Randall Darwall and Brian Murphy.

Credit: Courtesy of Randall Darwall