Beverly Gordon

Writer, artist, teacher… I have been passionate about textiles for more than 40 years—and teaching about their meanings and how to make them for 30 of them (mostly at University of Wisconsin). Previous books include Shaker Textile Arts; Feltmaking: Traditions, Techniques and Contemporary Explorations; Bazaars and Fair Ladies: The History of the American Fundraising Fair; and The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives. I make figural sculpture using materials like fiber, bone and shell, and I do collage. Everything I work on seems to synthesize diverse images, ideas, and materials, and everything is done with a deep sense of appreciation.

Today we witness a steadily growing interest in the Shakers and their way of life, especially their crafts. Although Shaker furniture, architecture, and...