'It's a Material World' Explores a Unique Back-to-School Supply

Sep 6, 2012

It’s a special back-to-school edition of our It’s A Material World series.

Meet Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen - and her supplies.
Credit Gianofer Fields

So what do material culture, school supplies and sewing have to do with each other? Well, at the risk of giving too much away, we’ll turn this over right away to our material culture contributor, Gianofer Fields, who introduces us to Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen.

Fields produces and curates the series, "It's a Material World." That project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.