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Appalachian Traditions
Join us for Appalachian Traditions, virtual discussions with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft.

These free, hour-long conversations provide a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process. We'll explore the historic role of craft in Appalachia, examine its continued relevance today, and learn how practitioners are working to promote their craft and inspire the next generation of traditional makers.

Appalachian Traditions is part of a grant-funded program designed to connect highly-skilled Appalachian craft instructors with present-day students. Although we are not able to hold this series of master-artist-led classes in person, we hope to use this digital platform to celebrate traditional craft and help viewers connect with and learn from master artisans.

Nov 30, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Learn a brief history of corn shuck dolls as a traditional Appalachian craft and how it
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Anne Freels
Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls with Anne Freels
Anne is a full-time craft artist who has been making corn shuck dolls since 1975. She is devoted to the creative process of craft, and especially the alchemy of transforming raw, natural materials into new forms. She dyes the natural dried corn shucks by hand, then rolls and ties them into the doll figures, using a variety of natural materials and repurposed objects to embellish the dolls. Anne’s dolls represent her imaginative notions of folklore, legend, myth, and earthly and celestial entities, as well as traditional Appalachian themes. Because of her interest in keeping corn shuck doll craft alive, Anne teaches workshops and classes, and has authored an instructional book on the craft: "Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls.” You can find her work at various craft galleries and shops in the southern Appalachian region.