Talking Quilts has launched online, the first UK digital Collection of recorded interviews capturing the stories of today’s quiltmakers.
Thanks to National Lottery players this online Collection provides quilters, researchers, historians and textile enthusiasts access to recorded and transcribed interviews and photographscompleted by volunteers over the three-year project.
This website enables people from around the world to learn about the UK’s quilting heritage and the importance of quilting as an innovative textile art-form and craft with diverse social practices and its recent emergence as a creative art form.
The Collection is easy to navigate and can be searched by UK geographic region, key words and volunteer names. Users can read the transcribed interviews and listen to edited sound bites from selected interviews. The website also features a free downloadable Handbook to inspire and guide people to record their own stories in their own communities.
“This Collection provides a wonderful snapshot of today’s UK quilting community”, said Vicky Martin, Project Manager, Talking Quilts. So far, the new website includes interviews from Yorkshire with stories about memory quilts, celebration quilts and quilts that support education. It also explores quilting techniques and skills. Interviews from other Regions will be added soon.