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00:00:00 - Description of the quilt she brought for the interview

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Partial Transcript: My name is Amy Henderson.

Segment Synopsis: Clark describes the quilt that she brought, noting its use of purple and yellow. She discusses how she does not focus on quilting itself so much as using quilting techniques to make clothing. She also addresses the lack of clear community and background influence in her quilts. She notes how she loves colors and has been working with different varieties of beige.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Background; Beige; Colors; Community; Fabric dyes; Purples; Quilt blocks; Quilted clothing; Quilting techniques; Quilts; Rachel Clark; Uneven templates; Yellows

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:02:25 - Favorite colors / Audience for quilted clothing

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any particular favorites in color or do you go through shifts?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses her favorite colors. She notes that blue is her favorite color of all time, while she likes to use yellow as an accent color. She also discusses her recent interest in using chartreuse, as well as what she termed "weird greens." Clark notes that she makes her clothes to be enjoyed by herself, as well as for creative people who like to dress up and use clothing as part of their personality.

Keywords: "Weird greens"; Accent colors; Amy Henderson; Audience; Blue; Chartreuse; Colors; Favorite colors; Quilted clothing; Rachel Clark; Yellow

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:03:46 - Political and social commentary with clothing

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Partial Transcript: Um, because a quilted clothing, a vest or a jacket, leaves the house and walks down the street, do you think you're trying to communicate a message or an idea through your clothes?

Segment Synopsis: While Clark says that she often makes her quilted clothing for her own personal enjoyment, she notes that she often uses the medium as a way to voice her views on political and social situations. She frequently addresses themes of being an African American in American society, as well as racial inequality. She lists some of her most noteworthy works that deal with the question of race in America.

Keywords: "Dancing Alone"; "Scar"; "Strange Fruit"; Amy Henderson; Black in America; Commentary; Political statements; Quilted clothing; Race; Rachel Clark; Scars of slavery; Social statements

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:07:31 - Earliest quilt memory

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about your earliest quilt memory.

Segment Synopsis: Clark describes her first memory with quilting. She discusses how her grandmother used to be a quilter and that Clark would play under her quilt frames as a child. Clark notes that she never officially learned to quilt from her family, but had it around her her entire life. In contrast, she can distinctly remember producing her first dress for a doll. She discusses how all of the women in her family were involved in some sort of sewing or quilting.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Doll dresses; Education; Family sewing; Grandmothers; Learning; Memories; Quilt frames; Quilt memories; Rachel Clark; Sewing

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:09:29 - First making quilted clothing

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Partial Transcript: When did you switch, um, or start making quilted clothing as opposed to bed quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses her first foray into producing quilted clothing. She talks about how she used to teach beginner quilting classes, and had been making table quilts in lieu of bed quilts. However, she connects this with her interest in adding collars and undercollars to her clothing in high school, which spurred her transition to quilted clothing. She notes that this occurred in the middle to the end of the 1980s.

Keywords: 1980s; Amy Henderson; Collars; Quilted clothing; Quiltmaking; Rachel Clark; Undercollars

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:11:10 - Teaching quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: When did you start teaching quiltmaking?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses teaching quiltmaking in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. She talks about taking beginner quilting classes, and beginning to teach those same classes. Eventually, she started teaching classes on clothing production and clothing as art. She ends the segment by admitting that every few years she reassesses her life goals and what she wants to pursue as a part of her career.

Keywords: 1970s; Amy Henderson; Beginner quilting classes; Career reassessments; Quilted clothing; Quilting classes; Quiltmaking; Rachel Clark

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:13:52 - Quilting among close family members and friends

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Partial Transcript: Do any of your close family members or friends quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses how her family and friends were involved with quilting, with Clark emphasizing the role older family members played in quilting. She notes the role of her aunt on inspiring her to be a quilter, over any other figure in her life. She admits that none of her siblings sew, and her cousin only does it sparingly. Clark talks about how she has sewing friends and quilting circles that she is a part of.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Close family members; Family quilting; Friends; Older generations; Quilting; Quilting groups; Rachel Clark; Sewing; Sewing friends

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:15:00 - Inspirations from other quiltmakers

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Partial Transcript: Have there ever been, uh, any particular artists or other quiltmakers that have influenced your work?

Segment Synopsis: Though asked about direct influences on her quilting, Clark redirects the question to be about quilters she admires. She admits that she tries not to allow clothing styles to influence her too directly to maintain her own originality. However, she lists Ruth McDowell and Nancy Crow as two people whose work she admires very much. She also notes that she really admires quilters who pursue traditional quilting styles and keep those traditions and styles alive in the modern day.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Influences; Inspirations; Nine patches; Patches; Quilted clothing; Quilting inspirations; Rachel Clark; Scrap quilts; Self-defined work

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Crow, Nancy, 1943-; McDowell, Ruth B., 1945-; Newman, Velda, 1939-; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:17:36 - How Clark defines herself as an artist

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Partial Transcript: Do you see yourself as a quiltmaker or a fashion designer or an artist or a crafts-person?

Segment Synopsis: When asked about how she identifies herself as an artist, Clark admits that she is hesitant to call herself a designer or an artist, considering those terms too grandiose. Rather, she describes herself as a folk artist in that she takes two traditional crafts and combines them together to reflect her own voice.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Clothing; Crafts; Fashion designing; Folk artists; Quilted clothing; Quilting; Rachel Clark; self-definition

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:19:00 - Quilting at home / Sewing in daily life

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Partial Transcript: Where do you quilt in your home?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses how she quilts in her own home, noting that she quilts both at home and at her studio. She talks about how she prefers to quilt in her own home if it is hand work, but will turn to her studio should she need to work with machines. Clark also answers a question about how often she is able to sew in her daily life. She answers that her goal is to do some project every day.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Daily life; Hand quilting; Home studio; Household quilting; Quilting; Rachel Clark; Sewing

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:20:16 - Future quilting plans

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Partial Transcript: Now, as you're going to take next year and evaluate your, your future career, um, where do you see your quiltmaking evolving or developing in the next few years?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses her future quilted clothing plans. She discusses how she has two projects she is beginning. One involves her basing her clothing off of traditional quilting work, while the other is based around using fabrics from the same color palette. She notes that both of these plans would be series of coats.

Keywords: "Out of a Crayon Box"; "Quilts out of body"; Amy Henderson; Career reassessment; Colors; Fabrics; Future plans; Quilted clothing; Quilted coats; Quilting plans; Rachel Clark; Traditional quilting

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:21:52 - Connection with quiltmakers of the past

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Partial Transcript: Do you have--do you get any kind of bond with either women in the past or contemporary women who are quiltmakers through your quiltmaking?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses the connection she feels with other quilters, which she describes as being part of a continuum or a continuity with the past. She notes that she feels admiration for quilters who did not have the luxury of modern technology in terms of quiltmaking. She admits that she often appreciates eighteenth and nineteenth century quilts over other twentieth century work.

Keywords: 18th century quilts; 19th century quilts; Amy Henderson; Bonds; Connections; Continuity; Continuum; Quilted clothing; Quilters; Quilting technology; Rachel Clark; Traditional quilting

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:25:07 - Enjoyment of planning quilts

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Partial Transcript: What do you like most about quilting?

Segment Synopsis: When asked about her favorite aspects of quilting, Clark answers that she likes organizing and planning quilts the best. She discusses how she would like to be able to plan a quilt and have someone else do the actual sewing for her. She is more pleased by the steps involved in producing clothing, but still dislikes sewing the side seams and the sleeves.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Enjoyment; Organizing; Pulling fabric; Quilt designing; Quilt planning; Quilted clothing; Rachel Clark; Sewing; Side-seams; Sleeves

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:26:16 - Great quilt design properties

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Partial Transcript: What do you think makes a great quilt design?

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses what makes a good quilt design in her opinion. She notes how she prefers not to use overly technical language but rather appreciate quilts from her "gut" or her "heart." She lists Ruth McDowell and Velda Newman as quilters whose style she is impressed with. She also notes her appreciation once again with quilts from the past. Clark notes that she appreciates the technical proficiency of Japanese quilts, but has qualms with them.

Keywords: 18th century quilts; 19th century quilts; Amy Henderson; Great quilt designs; Japanese quilts; Quilt designs; Quilt shows; Quilted clothing; Rachel Clark; Traditional quilts

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Crow, Nancy, 1943-; McDowell, Ruth B., 1945-; Newman, Velda, 1939-; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:29:38 - Philosophy of quilt preservation

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Partial Transcript: Do you think quilts should be preserved for the future?

Segment Synopsis: When asked about her opinion on quilt preservation, Clark admits that in her mind quilts are made to be used. She acknowledges that some need to be saved for historical continuity, but that not every quilt is history-worthy and needs to be preserved.

Keywords: Amy Henderson; Baltimore album quilts; Family quilts; Historical quilts; Preservation; Preservationists; Quilt preservation; Quilted clothing; Rachel Clark

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.

00:31:14 - Advice for future quiltmakers

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any tips for future quiltmakers?

Segment Synopsis: Clark offers advice for future quiltmakers, at first telling them to do what they wish to do in terms of quilting. However, she adds that quilters should be knowledgeable about the technical abilities of the craft. She lists various beginner techniques that she sees as key for a quilter to know before branching out on their own. She recommends taking beginner or basic quilting classes. She also tells quilters to know their history and know about the quilters that came before them.

Keywords: Advice; Amy Henderson; Basic quilting classes; Beginner quilting classes; Calculations; Future quiltmakers; Measuring; Quilt books; Quilt crafting; Quilt drafting; Quilted clothing; Quiltmakers; Rachel Clark; Simply blocks

Subjects: African American folk art.; African American quilts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Quilts.