Quilting School!

Today I wanted to share about a very special place I have recently found out about – quilting school!

Believe it or not, a person can go to the University of  Nebraska Lincoln  and attend quilting school and receive a Master’s degree in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis.

A person does not even need to live in Nebraska! Only once a semester is a student required to be on campus – for the rest of the time, one can do the coursework online. Not that I would outright object to going there, it looks like a swell place:

“International Quilt Study Center & Museum Lincoln NE” by Maureenose

It is part of the textiles program, and offers immersion in areas such as history, fashion, aesthetics, techniques, and care and conservation of quilts. Granted, though this program would not be necessary for anyone who simply enjoys making quilts, it is an area which I am strangely suited to participate in, due to my past as a history preservationist for various cities and counties of Georgia – before I retired.

Also, an artistic and intentional approach to quilting is encouraged through the program, which allows a person to take quilting to the next level. Different narrative, psychological, and aesthetic considerations for quilting are examined, making quilting be about more than just a pretty home decoration, but a true canvas for creativity and expression of a bigger message:

“Perspectives – Art, Craft, Design and the Studio Quilt” by Michael F. James

Who should consider this program?

Students with an undergraduate degree in history, art history, American studies, or women’s studies are best prepared for this masters program. Therefore, they are given preference for admission when applications are reviewed.
Graduates of this program are prepared for careers or career advancement in museums, historic houses, galleries, auction houses and government agencies in the areas of collections care and management, education and research. The program is designed for persons interested in analyzing the complex ways gender, class, ethnicity, aesthetics, politics, religion and technology find expression in the textile arts, quilt making traditions, design and culture.

(from http://cehs.unl.edu/tmfd/ma-textile-historyquilt-studies-distance-learning-option-iii/)

So, if I ever wanted to consider a third career for myself, and I wanted both my history background and my love of quilts to be involved, I need look no further than this program.

Pretty exciting, I think!