NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Directed by: Anne Lewis
Running Time: 29:00
Sarah Bailey, from Bledsoe in Harlan County, Kentucky, is one of Appalachia’s finest weavers and corn shuck artists. In this portrait she is shown working on her corn shuck dolls and flowers and teaching corn shuck art and weaving in an Elderhostel program at the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Sarah talks about her beginnings as an artist “in the Hoover days when money was hard to get ahold of,” and the role of the Pine Mountain Settlement School in helping her establish a market for her work. She also discusses raising most of what she eats out of her garden, teaching herself to card and spin wool, and growing up in the days of a barter economy in the mountains.
“From her corn shuck dolls and flowers to spinning wool and cooking the daily meal, Sarah makes every aspect of her life a work of art. This program is as much about sharing and Sarah’s need to pass on her treasures to others as it is about the wonderful things that she creates.” –Bob Gates, Director, Kentucky Folklife Program
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Kentucky Educational Television
Blue Ridge Public Television