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00:00:09 - Description of her quilt / Inspiration for her quilt

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Partial Transcript: Hello, my name is Janneken Smucker.

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses her interest in 1930s fabrics and designs in crafting this particular quilt. She does not describe the quilt per se, but discusses her general interest and thoughts behind it. Nomura credits her Japanese heritage in her use of animals and cuteness. She also discusses why she chose a particular set of colors which she describes as "Easter egg" colors.

Keywords: 1930s designs; 1930s fabrics; Cuteness; Easter egg colors; Fabrics; Four patch; Japanese; Nao Nomura; Reproduction fabrics; Reproduction period fabrics; Trainwhistle; Windmill pattern

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:03:01 - Curating a history of indigo exhibit / Work at the International Quilt Studies Center

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Partial Transcript: Um, you mentioned an exhibit that you curated. Um, can you, uh, tell me what that exhibit was?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses curating an exhibit on the history of indigo and the use of indigo in quilting as part of her master's thesis project while studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in textile history. She discusses the theme of that exhibition. Nomura mentions currently (as of the recording) as the collections manager at the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. She notes how she tries not to take inspiration from the museum as she feels that her own skills do not compare to the collections.

Keywords: History of indigo; Indigo; Indigo quilt exhibition; International Quilt Studies Center and Museum; Masters thesis project; Nao Nomura; Textile history; University of Nebraska Lincoln

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

GPS: International Quilt Studies Center and Museum (Lincoln, Neb.)
Map Coordinates: 40.828692, -96.673465
00:04:33 - Japanese inspiration in quilts

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Partial Transcript: So you mentioned that you're from Japan. Um, is there anything Japanese about the quilt that you brought with you today?

Segment Synopsis: When asked about any Japanese inspiration, Nomura demurs, only crediting her Japanese ancestry to the appeal of cuteness of her quilts. She even discusses how Japanese people respond to her quilts as being mostly American.

Keywords: American design choices; Animals; Cuteness; Japanese culture; Japanese inspiration; Japanese quilting; Nao Nomura; Quilting inspiration

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:05:39 - Origins of her interest in American quilts

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me about how you first became interested in American quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses her first interest in American quilts coming from her personal interest in older fabrics through taking advantage of books on designing quilts from her school library. She discusses her interest furthering during her undergraduate time at Earlham College and seeing an exhibit on 1920s and 1930s quilts. She also notes her first uses of patchwork quilts.

Keywords: 1920s quilts; 1930s quilts; Earlham College; Fabrics; How-to quilting books; Nao Nomura; Retro fabrics

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

GPS: Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.)
Map Coordinates: 39.823949, -84.913183
00:07:43 - Popularity of quilting in Japan

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Partial Transcript: Now, lots of people make quilts today in Japan, is that true?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses the popularity of quilting in Japan, which she acknowledges is becoming very popular. She notes that Japan has the second largest quilting population in the world. She discusses how quilting's soothing nature appeals to Japanese people.

Keywords: International quilting; Japanese interest in quilting; Japanese quilting; Japanese quilts; Nao Nomura

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:09:07 - Qualities of a good quilt / Qualities of a good quilter

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Partial Transcript: You're someone who's seen hundreds, if not thousands, of quilts due to your work, um, at the Quilt Center. What do you think makes a great quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses what she considers to make great quilts, citing in particular her research and interest in antique quilts. She notes the importance of a strong provenance and a sense of originality and messaging in quilts that make them better than others. She opines that what makes a great quilter is that anyone can do it as long as they are not forced.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Hobbies; Message; Nao Nomura; Originality; Provenance

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:11:23 - Connection of quilts to history

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Partial Transcript: Um, what do you think quilts can teach us about history?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura connects the function and meaning of quilts with the recording of history. She notes how quilts can be a language to discuss issues such as the history of science or provide a voice for women who could not join armies in the past.

Keywords: History; History of indigo; History of science; Nao Nomura; Quilting; Quilting history; Quilts and history; Women's history

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:13:26 - Advice for preserving quilts

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Partial Transcript: Since you work in a facility that actively preserves quilts, um, have you developed your own philosophy about why quilts should be preserved?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura offers her advice for the best way to preserve quilts. As a museum administrator, she notes how many people want to donate their family quilts to museums but advises against it to promote families designating and documenting the history and provenance of quilts for their own use. She cites logistics and how museums cannot accept every donation given to them.

Keywords: International Quilt Studies Center and Museum; Museum preservation; Nao Nomura; Quilt preservation; family preservation

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:15:17 - Favorite quilts from International Quilt Studies Center

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Partial Transcript: Since you have seen so many great quilts, um, I would like to hear about a couple of your favorites, favorites from the International Quilt Studies Center collection that you've been particularly drawn to over the years working with the collection.

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses her appreciation for crazy quilts, such as the quilt "My Crazy Dream." Though she says that her interest in crazy quilts is subsiding, she points out how there are other quilts that interest her personally and professionally such as Amish quilts and Dutch quilts. She notes the importance of color and stitching in appealing to her.

Keywords: "My Crazy Dream"; Dutch quilts; International Quilt Studies Center; Lancaster Amish quilts; Nao Nomura; Tokyo quilts

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:19:45 - Continuing quilting in Japan

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Partial Transcript: I understand that you're going home to Japan soon. How do you think you will be able to continue your interest in quilts once you return?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses how she will stay involved in the quilting world and community in the United States once she moves to Japan. She notes that she will keep her contacts should she return to the United States while also taking advantage of online collections for her research.

Keywords: International Quilt Studies Center; Japanese fabrics; Japanese quilts; Nao Nomura; Online research; Professional connections; Quilting in Japan

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:21:19 - Return of her quilts to Japan

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Partial Transcript: Have some of your own quilts already made it back to Japan?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses how some of her quilts have already been shipped to Japan. She also notes the various family members she has made quilts for, such as crib quilts for her nephew, boyfriend, mother, as well as her sister's dogs. She then presents an anecdote how quilts made for her boyfriend ended up going to her mother when he did not like the colors.

Keywords: Crib quilts; Family gifts; Family quilts; Gift quilts; Japanese quilting; Nao Nomura; Quilting in Japan; Quilts for dogs

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:22:52 - Process and personal enjoyment of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What is it about making quilts--you've made a quite a few once you've listed all of those. What is it about the process that you really enjoy?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses what she finds enjoyable about the quilting process, noting how it is soothing. She discusses the first quilt that she made which was done by hand. She also compares hand quilting with machine quilting, and her preference for hand quilting.

Keywords: Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Machine quilts; Nao Nomura; Piece blocks; Quilting process; Relaxation; Soothing

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken

00:25:29 - Future in quilting

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Partial Transcript: Do you think you'll continue to make quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Nomura discusses her hopes for her quilting career, discussing how she already has a quilt to make as a favor for one of her sister's friends. She would like to continue quilting. Nomura finishes by discussing how the availability of fabrics in Japan will differ than in the United States, while noting that quilting is becoming more popular with a multitude of craft shops.

Keywords: Fabric availability; Family quilts; Gift quilts; Japanese fabrics; Japanese quilting; Nao Nomura; Quilting

Subjects: Amish quilts.; Crazy quilts.; Crib quilts.; Patchwork quilts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--Exhibitions.; Quilts.; Sewing machines.; Smucker, Janneken