Continuing my mini podcast series on quilt history and preservation, today’s podcast guest is Roderick Kiracofe. Growing up in the Midwest, Roderick valued items from the past and attended auctions. Thanks to a quilt on his bed and one seen hanging as home decor, the quilt industry added Roderick into the fold. In collaboration with Michael Kile, he became a quilt dealer and historian. Based on his experiences and expertise, he wrote The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort, Cloth and Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries as well as Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar.
During our conversation, we talk about how he started collecting quilts, his passion for quilt history, why he took a break from the industry and how he overcame his own form of imposter syndrome to write Unconventional and Unexpected. This is a longer interview as there is so much important quilt and cultural history that I wanted to preserve. I hope you enjoy Roderick’s forty year journey and wisdom.
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