THE APRON BOOK Podcast Series
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #1 - Apron Memories. Author EllynAnne Geisel, foreword contributor Beth Livesay and producer/interviewer Tracy Wahl, formerly of npr, chat about their connection to aprons, the continuing relevance of aprons in today's world, and connecting to the past while moving forward.
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #2 - Judith Gregory Olson
Installation artist Judith Gregory Olson was seeking an object through which to explore the word 'grace', when she received an apron that ultimately inspired an exhibit.
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #3 - Leslie Dodge
The summer when Leslie Dodge was ten years old, her dad lost his job. Moving to another town and into a relative’s garage, Leslie brought with her a 4-H apron sewing project that was due at summer’s end...
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #4 - Erin Owens & Cristie Coffman
A friendship forged decades ago over a love of cooking and entertaining, Erin Owens and Cristie Coffman maintain a special closeness despite Erin’s move to another state...
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #5 - Ray Moore
Ray has loving memories of his grandmother, always wearing her gingham apron. Ray recalls the difficulty of her life and his last visit with her...
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #6 - Cristie Coffman
Cristie is a professional caterer, a career that requires apron coverage. But the apron she holds most dear is from her childhood – bright yellow gingham with a flower pot shaped pocket, sewn for her by her doting Grandma Lily.
I wanted to share this photo with you. It was taken by my father at my grandparent Crawford”s house in Memphis, Tennessee on Christmas Day in the late 1950’s.
"My grandmother is standing next to my grandfather who is seated at the head of the table. My dad’s cousins are the other two ladies standing and all three women are dressed to the nines and wearing their freshly laundered and ironed ‘fancy’ aprons for the holidays.
My grandmother likely made them and embroidered the designs on them. I can almost smell the homemade yeast rolls on the table, along with all the pies I know are sitting in the kitchen waiting for their turn at the table. Oh to go back and rejoice in those days again.
Thank you for bringing back the memories!"
~ Christi Crawford-Partee
the Ozark Mtns, Arkansas
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THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #9 – Erin Owens
THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #9 The women in Erin Owens’ family were renowned as good cooks and gracious hostesses, attributes Erin embodies. She […]
Annie Collins (1875 – 1943) grew up in London and worked as a maid for the Harris family (Canadian manufacturer of agricultural machinery and co-founder of the Massey Harris Company, later Massey Ferguson).
She moved to Paris to follow the Harris family. She married Jean Brass (valet de chambre for the Harris family). Annie and Jean followed their employers when they returned to Canada. The couple stayed in Canada for two years and decided to come back to France because the winters were too cold... Read more...
EllynAnne's Appearance on CBS Sunday Morning:
Rocky Mountain PBS: Vintage Colorado - Host Lisa Olken visits with author, historian, designer and apron archaeologist, EllynAnne Geisel.
RAVES & PRAISE of EllynAnne's Keynote Presentations, Fundraising Events and from Happy Customers
"EllynAnne Geisel is essentially a pioneer in the notion that we tell stories in fabric, in stitches.
When she arrived at NPR with The Apron Book -- and a sewing machine! -- I think she believed that since she hadn't been in a war zone, I wouldn't take her seriously. In fact, I wish people could see the stitching, knitting, tatting, piecing, and so on that go on in that very world.
There is something about telling stories in cloth. I believe in narrative; her work makes this three-dimensional, tactile, and intimate. Thank you, EllynAnne!"
~ Jacki Lyden, Host and Contributing Correspondent at NPR"
"Oh, EllynAnne, I have tears in my eyes…I love my Apron! It’s beautiful, you are so creative! Even the packaging is a work of art...". Read more...