Schiele Museum Backcountry Farm

Inspired by Nature: Exploring 18th Century Motifs

Backcountry crafts take center stage at the Schiele Museum 's "Inspired by Nature" program.

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The Backcountry Farm is part of the Schiele Museum of Natural History. Located in Gastonia, NC, the museum provides a number of outdoor programs during the summer. Recently, the 18th Century Backcountry Lifeways Studies Program organized "Inspired by Nature: Exploring 18th Century Motifs." The event drew numerous artisans and craftspeople, all dressed in period costume and portraying the crafts a typical family of the 1700s might be involved in.

Blacksmithing, sewing, music, cooking, woodworking and stone carving were a part of the day's activities. Most of the crafts attempted to include natural motifs including hearts, flowers and foliage. The propeller like fylfot motif also adorned many of the crafts.

Check the Schiele calendar for more photo opportunities at the Backcountry Farm and the Catawba indian Village.

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