Folk School Collaborates with Western Carolina University to document Craft Revival
Funded by the North Carolina State Library and led by Western Carolina University, Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present is a three-year initiative that aims to create a comprehensive web-based archive documenting the revival of crafts in this region of Appalachia from the late 1895 to 1945. The Craft Revival movement refers to a resurgence of valuing and preserving traditional, hand-made, useful objects while providing a market for these culturally significant crafts. Weaving, quilting, wood carving, pottery, and metalwork are some of the traditional Appalachian crafts emphasized during this period.
Materials that are being digitized for the Craft Revival website include photographs, letters, newspaper articles, postcards, pamphlets, and objects that help tell the story of the Craft Revival. The John C. Campbell Folk School, along with Penland School of Crafts, the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Mountain Heritage Center, and the Hunter Library at WCU is collaborating and contributing relevant materials from the archives of each institution. One of the major goals the project will achieve is to provide worldwide access to these tangible pieces of the history of the Craft Revival that have previously been inaccessible. The website is a work in progress with information being continuously added. Visit the website by clicking here: Craft Revival Website Link.