Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold.
Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger on a spindle.
Three Aunts have unusually large feet, arms, and teeth.
Greek myths send poisoned clothing as revenge.
Why are these images in our stories? WHERE did they come from?
The answers to these questions and more will be revealed as we look at the textile history, images and metaphors that make up the fabric of folktales and myths from around the world. As the primary makers of cloth for 50,000 years, the skill, tools and often magical looking processes developed to make cloth have been part of women's lives and are reflected in the stories they told each other as they worked throughout the year to clothe their families and communities.
Barbara Schutzgruber is an award-winning storyteller, recording artist and author who shares folktales, ballads and personal stories of resilience through performance,
workshops, showcases and keynotes nationally and internationally.
Barbara's journey includes the weaving together of her two great artistic loves: fiber and stories. As an accomplished fiber artisan for the past 35 years she uses a wide range of materials to create wall hangings, yardage for garments, rugs, vessels, hats, scarves and shawls. She has had the honor of sharing the stories and vast history of the textile arts on stages across the country and internationally.