Laura McDowell Hopper of Sonic Stitches {Podcast Episode # 121}

One of the aspects I love about hosting the podcast is the ability it gives me to explore topics of interest. Having spent hours working on a quilt, thinking about the connection we have to makers in the past and making individual decisions about the quilt, one aspect I haven’t considered is what happens to the quilt in the long term. Bombarded with consumerist ideas, it seems like an endless cycle of making the latest and newest thing. But who decides what we preserve of this time in quilting history? What will be remembered and by whom? I tackle this topic a bit with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and Bill Volckening. Eager to explore the topic more extensively, I’m starting a podcast mini series about the preservation of quilts and the role of quilting making in history.

My first is Laura McDowell Hopper. Laura lives in Chicago and is a quilter, teacher, textile preservation specialist and curator at the James B and Rosalyn L Pick Museum of Anthropology. I met Laura at Quilt Con earlier this year and appreciated the opportunity to hear her insightful connection to textiles. We share a love for music and both enjoy exploring the idea of craft and art. During our conversation, we talk about the Pick Museum’s upcoming Quilts and Human Rights exhibit as well as why she feels quilt making is a feminist act. I also make a hilarious mistake in the episode. It’s a fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

Show Notes:

Laura Hartrich

James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology

Social Justice Sewing Academy (my interview with Sara Trail)

Elizabeth Hartman

Tricia Royal (my podcast with Tricia)

Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place”

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  1. Thanks for all your hard work producing these podcasts. I have been listening for a few months now and have really enjoyed them and the variety of people you interview as well as your style which seems to encourage them to engage with your questions as well as the flexibility to branch off on an interesting tangent.

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      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad the podcast has been meaningful for you. I enjoy making every episode. 🙂


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