Dr. Amanda Sikarskie, an instructor for the Department of History, received a Residential Research Fellowship of $2500 for summer semester 2014 to conduct archival work on her project, “Erica Wilson’s Asia: How Erica Brought Asian Needlework Techniques to Western Audiences,” at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The award was supplemented by an additional $900 from the H. Mark Dunn grant fund of the American Quilt Study Group.
This research comes out of a larger project that she did as a Mellon Fellow with WGBH Boston in 2013 and will focus on the many non-Western embroidery techniques that Wilson demonstrated in her 1971-76 PBS program, Erica. At UNL, Sikarskie will make use of IQSC&M’s vast and highly international collection to study quilts made with each of the major South and East Asian needlework techniques that Wilson showcased in the program, such as shisha work, couched work, and chain stitch. Sikarskie will return to UNL in spring 2015 to give a talk on her work.