Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker (1979)

About the Film


Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker (1920--2001), captures both the folk art of quiltmaking and the personality of an individual folk artist. Located in the coast range of Oregon, the Ware home sits by the side of a well-traveled highway and attracts numerous quilt enthusiasts. The film shows Kathleen Ware's daily life and includes interactions with customers and family members. Unique is the film's handling of the economic aspect of quiltmaking in addition to personal aesthetics.

From the placing of an order to the completion of the last stitch, the film details the entire process of creating a traditional Lone Star quilt. As the quilt grows, so does our knowledge of Kathleen Ware's vibrant spirit as quiltmaker, wife, mother, and grandmother.

I started making a quilt one day, jut to be doing something, and my husband come in, "What do you want to do that for? You got enough of those made already!" So just to have something to say, I said, "Oh, I'll sell 'em." And so I did. And that's the way I got started . . . .

The biggest majority of people are fascinated with the Lone Star and it's always been one of my favorites too. The easiest ay of doing it is the way I put it together, and it took me a while to learn how to do that.
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Kathleen Ware


Kathleen Ware died on December 8, 2001.

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Sharon R. Sherman, the distributor Sharon Sherman, or Folkstreams.

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Film Details

  • Film by: Sharon R. Sherman
  • Cinematographer: Steve Mandell
  • Sound: Steven Zibelman
  • Editor: Sharon Sherman
  • Other Credits: Psaltery music by Twilo Scofield. The filmmaker wishes to thank Kathleen Ware and her family John Ware, Pat Dillon, Kenny Dillon, Troy Dillon, Joan Vedder, Nicky Vedder. And Jorge Preloran, Terry Strong, David Joyce, Jim Dunne, Kate Macartney, Barre Toelken.
  • Funding: This project was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in Washington, D.C. and the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1979, Sharon Sherman
  • 32 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    AgingArts & Crafts, TraditionalWomen