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Five Questions with Pam Harris

Pam Harris, archivist intern at the American Craft Council Library
Cake baked and decorated by Pam Harris, archivist intern at the American Craft Council Library

Pam Harris, archivist intern at the American Craft Council Library

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Today's interview is with Pam Harris, archivist intern at the American Craft Council Library.

What is your favorite/most-read art or craft book in your personal collection?
The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I could not possibly make a wedding cake without it. My current craft is cake decorating.

What book or magazine would you like to sneak out of the ACC Library?
Aileen Osborn Webb’s privately published biography.

What book(s) are you currently reading? Any kind of book is fine!
I love mystery series. I am currently reading the newest P.D. James novel, Death Comes to Pemberley.

What hooked you on craft? What's the first craft you remember seriously catching your eye?
My mother taught me to knit when I was 3 years old. After that I started sewing. I had a little manual Singer sewing machine when I was 6 years old and made doll clothes with it. I wish I had time to sew and knit now.

If you could master a new craft, what would it be?
Clothing design. I love textiles, style, and color.

Five Questions is a brief Q&A about books and craft, with people who love and use the American Craft Council Library.



Hi Pam! it appears that you have been curating the documentation about the 1st WCC, NYC, 1964 My mom, Yolanda Rivas de Ploskonka, could of course not miss that congress. And neither could she leave behind son Yamandú, 4 months old at the time. A practical Bolivian artist, she took Yamandú along to NYC! My mom's memories of the congress are among her most precious. It seemed something enormous could be achieved in global understanding, and her appreciation for Mrs. Vanderbilt (or is it spelled with a W?) is as strong today as it was then. Yolanda has kept doing ceramics, and many other crafts. I'll have to find some of those 1964 pictures, it appears ACC will have some exhibit this summer From Austin, Texas (yes, 5th generation married and residing in a different country and language than the one being born with)

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