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Interview with Anna Fariello, Author of “Craft & Community: JCCFS 1925–1945
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8/13/2019 at 4:46:46 PM GMT
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Interview with Anna Fariello, Author of “Craft & Community: JCCFS 1925–1945

Cory Marie Podielski sits down for an interview with Anne Fariello, the author to a newly published book Craft & Community: John C. Campbell Folk School 1925-1945. In this interview, both women discuss Fariello’s interest in women in the craft revival that later directed her attention on the John C. Campbell Folklore School and her special project in organizing the Folk School archives among other topics such as Fariello’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Highland Craft Guild, her first published book Objects and Meanings, and where her initial interest in crafts stems from.


Here is an excerpt from the interview:

CP: Why did women play a large role in the craft revival? How has the role of women in craft changed since the days of Olive Dame Campbell?

AF: Women played a major role in the craft revival; in fact, one might say it was a women’s movement. Up through the late 19th century, higher education for women was limited. Those who attended college, after graduation, found themselves closed out of professional occupations. Some of the more adventurous among them struck out on their own, leaving the comforts of their upbringing to settle among poorer peoples and, inadvertently, making professionally rewarding work for themselves.

Appalachia is relatively close to northeastern cities and became a kind of “mission field” for those wanting to participate in what was then called the “uplift” movement. From my reading of their writings and diaries, however, I think that their purpose changed from an outward focus to the effect the work was having on themselves. Marguerite Butler is a good example. I think that her initial reason for moving to Kentucky was to work with the underprivileged but, once she got into the work, she felt personally empowered. No one really cared about these small rural communities; here, women could move into leadership roles and make their own decisions. This was not true of their home communities, in which they had responsibilities governed by propriety.



Check out the full interview by Cory Marie Podielski along with pictures from the archives by using this link.

Podielski, Cory Marie. “Interview with Anna Fariello, Author of ‘Craft & Community: JCCFS 1925-1945.’” John C. Campbell Folk School. (July 24, 2019). <>


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