Spinning, Knitting, and Goats
Joan Courtney, Fiber Arts and Animal Husbandry
A few years ago, Courtney was working as a re-enactor in Huntington, Indiana where she played the role of a pioneer woman working at spinning and weaving. One day, she decided she didn't really know enough about the pioneer life she was representing and decided she had to go into farming and learn the weaver's life "from the ground up." Today, Courtney and her husband raise goats that provide her with the wool that she spins into yarn for her various projects. Courtney has learned to appreciate the planning that pioneer women needed to do to survive in a world that did not have supermarkets and shopping malls to provide the essentials for day-to-day living. In fact, she refers to her work as "survival arts." Courtney's interest in fiber arts has earned a Lilly Foundation grant to help her further her study and knowledge.