Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Camilla Collins, MichaelAnn Williams, Sallye Clark

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study focuses on Vadie Conner Williams, an individual folk artist, and the drawnwork she has created throughout her lifetime. Included is a description of her rural farm background, her needlework skills and her creative process. The study also examines the significance of drawnwork to Williams and determines how she has adapted her work to satisfy her personal needs as well as the needs of her customers. Based on tape recorded interviews and a close examination of her work, the study concludes that drawnwork is an integral part of Williams's everyday life; it is an indicator of her beliefs and a source of identity within her community.


Anthropology | Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Folklore | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology