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Quilts in the Library: Streaming Videos

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Full length and segment videos from AVON and Kanopy.

AVON, Academic Video Online, has over 60,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects. Kanopy streams thousands of films including classic cinema, documentaries, independent movies, and foreign films.

The Cloth Sings To Me

The Cloth Sings To Me

In this video, we meet the ebullient women quilters who display their colorful creations. Many of the women incorporate African fabrics into their work, thus enhancing their connection to their roots. Here is an art form made from remnants, where every scrap of fabric has its history. Textile historian Dr. Floris Cash reflects on how quilts are interwoven with the lives of black women in America. Those artists that depict narrative scenes in fabric are continuing the storytelling tradition that is such an integral part of their cultural heritage. Willis "Bing" Davis, Chairman of the Art Department of Central State University, speaks of the spirituality of these works which come from the hearts and memories of their creators.

Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands

The film chronicles the lives of ordinary women as well as individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Willard and Abigail Scott Duniway through the great 19th century events: industrialization, abolition, the Civil War, westward movement, temperance and suffrage. For nineteenth century women, quilts were the podium, the pulpit and the judges' gavel, which their society denied them. Their quilts speak the language of abolition, patriotism, politics, social justice and westward expansion.

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives--along with thousands of others--are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt, that is solemnly unfolded in the US capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to a growing epidemic. COMMON THREADS tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the US.

Quilts in Women’s Lives

Quilts in Women’s Lives

Quilts is a ground breaking film used by folklorists, anthropologists and historians of art and women's history that presents the lives, art, work and philosophy of seven ordinary women. This deceptively simple film won most of the major awards for independent films during the years after its release in 1981 ( including Emily Grand Prize from the , American Library Association American Film Festival; 1st Place Fine Arts, San Francisco International Film Festival; Best of Festival, National Educational Film and Video Festival, New York International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival.)

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