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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University: 270-745-6434:


Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1288. Student paper titled “Finding the Folkways of a Forensic Anthropomorphologist: The Kentucky Yard Art Of Cecil and Bet Ison” in which Jennifer Jameson explores the creative endeavors and identities of two folk artists in Rowan County, Kentucky. Jameson, who conducted her fieldwork over a period of two weeks, examines flower sculptures, upholstered trees, bottle cap murals, beadwork, and other vernacular expressions pieced together by the Isons in their built environment. The paper also discusses the relationships between the Isons and their community, personal aesthetics, educational backgrounds, and connections to broader cultural issues. The collection includes an academic paper, transcription, content index and alphabetical style sheet, code sheet, photo log, fieldnotes, and two CDs containing photographs and audio interview recordings.


American Material Culture | Appalachian Studies | Art Practice | Arts and Humanities | Folklore