Joe Cunningham, artist
Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard
Date December 2018
He is an artist.
Here are some videos:
the quilt frame
Charlotte Jane Whitehome (embrodiery)
Bicentennial: value of quilts
"Bed" after Rauschenberg - 2013" Making quilts out of painted canvas (video) (cut up and quilt canvases) (to make a point)
"I'm not doing it for anyone else. Just for myself."
Who's shooting the video?
Long-arm - FMQ? Computerized?
"To me, the last thing I'm interested in is what [the quilt] looks like."
Handquilting in silence: "It makes me feel wealthy. It makes me feel like the luckiest guy in the world."
Craft in America - Gee's Bend and Mary Ann Pettway; the narrowing of the idea of Gee's Bend quilts
You ask: "Would you mind if some guy in San Francisco makes something similar?"
"Sitting around the frame and quilting on each other's quilts."
"Men in quilts are guests"
The Joe Retreat
Acquiring fabric: "I get as much of it by chance."
How long does it take to make a quilt?
Economics of being a quilt artist
What do you see as our current history? Role of history in quilting
NY Times Articles about quilting
favorite techniques: freehand piecing, bias tape applique and etc.
What does it mean to be a quilt teacher?
The equipment you use: relationships with the companies?
Visiting guilds - tips, thoughts
The backing - white backings?
The use of bias tape
#1 question he gets when he is hand quilting: "so how do you get into the middle?"
The Ballad of Joe the Quilter