Alma Wallace Lesch
American, 1917 – 1999
Ful-O-Pep, 1972
Cotton, cotton and wool embroidery
33 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (85.1 x 52.1 cm.)
Gift of Anne Brewer Ogden 2001.20

Feed Sack as Art
Textile artist Alma Lesch created something new to represent something old: an embroidered representation of a feed sack. Lesch, who grew up on a farm in western Kentucky, often referenced rural living in her work. Her nostalgia for textiles associated with country life—feed sacks, quilts, overalls—connects her to other artists from the 1960s and 1970s who shared her romance for the rural.