JOHNSTON, IOWA (May 10, 2022) — Whether it be hobbies from childhood, crafts we associate with a parent or grandparent, or hands-on skills long forgotten, there is a fascination with reprising lost techniques as we explore new pastimes. Iowa PBS's Crafts from the Past offers a hands-on primer to arts and skill sets once popular, with experienced makers showcasing art forms from generations past.
"We're really excited to dive into various hobbies with fun and fascinating histories," said Iowa PBS Director of Emerging Media Taylor Shore. "Social media has brought on a resurgence of a lot of older crafts, and we think our audience is ready to dive into new-yet-old projects."
Crafts from the Past is a multiplatform project that combines digital content with in-person, hands-on experiences to allow Iowans to explore arts and crafts techniques. Beginning Tuesday May 24, weekly episodes will introduce viewers to a craft or hobby like paper-quilling, needle-felting, floral-arranging, noodle-making, stained glass-making, and tatting, also known as lace-making. Craft-lovers can find photos, videos, articles, and more related to each craft across various platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and iowapbs.org.Inspired Iowans are invited to explore crafts from the past with Iowa PBS's new MAKE IT! workshop series. Attendees will enjoy hands-on hobby classes led by experienced Iowa makers. Workshops are now open for registration with limited tickets available at iowapbs.org/craftspast.
"We love that these workshops will offer a fun and interactive experience for attendees," said Iowa PBS Engagement Manager Caryline Clark. "These Iowa artists are incredibly talented and are excited to share their craft with others."
In addition to its statewide broadcast, Iowa PBS .1 is available to livestream on iowapbs.org/watch, pbs.org/livestream, the PBS Video App, and YouTube TV. Iowa PBS programs, behind-the-scenes extras and more can be enjoyed on iowapbs.org, Facebook and YouTube. Viewers can also stream their favorite shows on demand using the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, and many streaming devices.
Learn more at iowapbs.org.
As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at iowapbs.org.