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ArtRageous 2014
25 Apr 2014

On April 25th, the Missouri Folk Arts Program went to the downtown Columbia Art League to see current Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program participants Irene Livingston and her apprentice, Gretchen Seifert, display and demonstrate the art of rug-twining.

Rug-twining is a working class art form, made from old blue jeans and other scraps of materials left around the homestead. Livingston explained that the history of rug-twining goes back to the Industrial Revolution, a time when very few people could afford to buy new clothes every season or replace household necessities. During that time, nothing went to waste. If there was a hole in your clothes, you needed an old garment to make a patch. When fabrics were worn out, you stripped them down and made rugs. 

Livingston and Seifert both carry this same mentality towards work: no time is wasted. "You can sit and visit with people or watch TV," Livingston said, "but you better be sewing or working with your hands". 


Art Columbia Folklore Missouri Rug-Twining
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