Unit II Classroom Applications of Fieldwork Basics
Lesson 4 Teams in the Field
Questions for Traditional Craft Artists
Identify someone in your community who does a traditional craft, like basketry, quilting, woodworking, etc. Interview them using the questions below and ask them to sign a release form or give an oral release so that you can use the information you gather for future projects.
Name of Student Interviewer: _____________________ Date: ____________
Name of Interviewee:____________________________________________
Male or Female (circle) Age:__ Written Release Acquired? __ Oral Release? __
- What is your name? Please spell it. When and where were you born?
- What is the traditional art form or craft that you do?
- Is this tradition specific or important to your culture? If so, please describe how and when it is used in your community.
- How old were you when you first learned this traditional art?
- Who taught you this skill? (Tell me more.)
- Where (location, country, etc) did you learn it?
- How long have you been doing this traditional art?
- What materials do you need to do it?
- Where do you get your materials?
- What tools do you use? Please spell the names of them.
- Do you use any patterns or plans in your work?
- What are the basic steps to make a piece of this art? Please show an example of the steps in the process.
- How long does it take to do a typical project?
- Are you known for any particular technique or style? If so, what?
- How is your work different from the work of others who do what you do?
- How is your work similar to the work of others? Are there things you all have in common?
- What do you like about what you do and why do you feel it is important to continue this tradition?
- Is there anything you don't like about what you do?
- Have you ever taught others how to do this traditional art? Why or why not? What is the importance of passing on traditions?
- What is your favorite pattern/style/item to make?
- What makes a good/beautiful craft/basket/quilt? How do you judge a piece to see if it's good?
- Do you have anything you would like to add?
Adapted with permission from the Portraits of Oregon Project of the Oregon Historical Society Folklife Program.
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