Why Quilts Matter in Video Librarian: The Video Review Magazine for Libraries

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics is Reviewed by Video Librarian: The Video Review Magazine for Libraries

Video Librarian Online Magazine CoverWe’re thrilled to be featured in the recent issue of Video Librarian: The Video Review Magazine for Libraries, where the series received “3 out of 4 stars” and a “Recommended” rating.  We’ve already received requests to carry the DVD from libraries, and along with this review and the recent review in Booklist, we hope to reach even more. Our goal is to continue to spread the conversation about the importance of quilts and to make the series accessible to everyone.  You can help us along by placing a request at your local library for the series!

– Shelly Zegart

Author and lecturer Shelly Zegart hosts this illuminating nine-part TV series about the history of quilting, which she launches by explaining the difference between antique and contemporary quilts (the former pre-date the 1960s; the latter came afterwards).  Zegart also distinguishes art or studio pieces, which exist primarily for display.  Vintage and contemporary footage and photographs are interwoven throughout the running commentary offered by Zegart and others, including quilt makers, antique dealers, textile curators, gallery owners, and history professors, such as William Ferris, who describes quilts as “recycled works of art.”  To many owners and collectors, each completed piece tells a story about its creator, whether an individual or a group (and also through the choice of fabrics and messages stitched into them).  Aside from their practical and aesthetic value, quilts have served as moneymakers for contest participants and fundraisers for various causes.  According to Zegart, prices took off after 1971 exhibit at the Whitney Museum but started to decline after the remarkable Reconciliation Quilt sold for $264,000 at Sotheby’s in 1991.  The most interesting episode looks exclusively at the striking work of the quilters of Gee’s Bend, AL, who’ve achieved international acclaim.  DVD extras include bonus clips and an interview.  Recommended.  Aud: C, P. (K. Fennessy)