Dorothy Zopf Interview Transcript July 1, 1985

AR.00027 Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey

On July 17, 1985 Jeannette Lasansky interviewed quilter Dorothy Zopf. The interview was transcribed into typescript circa 1985-6, and the transcript was digitized May 23, 2017.

Dorothy Zopf was born July 25, 1928, in Bayonne, New Jersey, to a family of English and Scotch-Irish descent. She studied art education in college, and taught art in public school from 1949-1980 "with interruptions." She married George W Zopf May 5, 1949, in Schenectady, New York. The couple lived in Ohio before moving to New Mexico in 1981.

In 1985, Zopf reported that she developed color schemes by studying old quilts. On her survey form she wrote: "I usually start with a theme i.e. oriental rugs, Indian pottery, NM landscape and do a series, each one different from another. Strip quilts and Log Cabin I use because of the many strips of fabric available." When asked why she made quilts, her answer was "I love to see 'scraps' come to life again. Something from nothing. A true heritage from the Depression."

Following the 1985 survey, Zopf published surveys of her own documenting quilting traditions in various counties in New Mexico. In 2001 the University of New Mexico press published her book Surviving the Winter: the Evolution of Quiltmaking in New Mexico.

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July 1 1985 Date created
May 23 2017 Date modified
11 in (length) x 8.5 in (width)
Curatorial Category
Textiles-United States and Canada, Textiles and Dress

Related people
Museum of International Folk Art (publisher)
Jeannette Lasansky (contributor)