Kristin Schwain, co-curator of “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America” presents a lecture and slideshow, “Canastromania: Or How Basket Fever Transformed American Basketry from 1890 to 1940.” The event took place at the Whatcomb Museum in Bellingham, Washington, during the still-touring “RRR” exhibition. For dates and locations of this exhibit, visit Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America
Shown above: “Akin”, (detail), Pat Hickman and David Soo. Photo by George Potanovic, Jr.
Pat Hickman gives the closing lecture for All Things Considered IX: Basketry in the 21st Century, presented by the National Basketry Organization at the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. Pat recounts the evolution of basketry as an art form through the work of four pioneering basket-weavers, her own cohort of boundary breakers and her life-long friends. She gives a touching tribute to these individuals, emphasizing the critical roles they played in shaping basketry in the 21st century.
NBO member Danielle Bodine will be exhibiting her fiber sculptures at MUSEO Gallery for the month of August.
Please join the artists for the opening reception Saturday, August 4, 5-7pm.
The show runs through August 26, 2018.
Photo Credit: Michael Stadler. The Wild Hares (Grouping 24”Wx25”Hx12”D) Mulberry papers cast on coiled baskets, painted, collaged, and embellished with “tongs” and other objects. 2018
Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm).
NBO exhibiting artists include Nancy Briemle of Pleasanton, California, and Peggy Wiedemann of Huntington Beach, California. The exhibition will take place at the Wilbur May Museum in Reno, Nevada, and run from July 1 to July 15, 2018.
More information at Wilbur May Museum
Five works by NBO member and 2015 NBO Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dorothy Gill Barnes are currently on display in the Art of Craft Gallery at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California.
“These vessels are created with bark in Barnes iconic style where the natural quality of the bark on the tree is maintained as a part of the artist’s visual statement, “honoring the growing things from which they come.”
All photos courtesy of de Young Museum
NBO member Jean Poythress Koon has shared the news of multiple exhibitions where her work has appeared or is currently showing. Shown above, “A Copper Fly Trap”, will be appearing in the third annual “Excellence in Fibers” juried exhibit presented by Fiber Art Now at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose California, from October 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019. The piece is constructed with pine needles coiled in an elongated oval which spirals on its own accord, then sewn with waxed linen thread and clad with 1/4-inch copper strips which were colored with a butane torch. The zipper is attached with straight pins.
NBO member Pat Moritz’s work ”Painted Desert” will appear the international juried Great Basin Basketry exhibit as part of the Handweavers Guild of America 2018 Convergence in Reno, Nevada. This exhibit features functional and non-functional, traditional and non-traditional forms employing basketry techniques. The exhibit takes place during the HGA Conference from July 6 – 12, 2018 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.
“Painted Desert” – 6 1/2” x 10 1/2” and is coiled using pine needles and waxed linen thread. Pat’s focus was to create movement, tranquility and elegance while accentuating the colors of the stone. (Click here for full-size image and detail)
NBO member Barbara Shapiro will be exhibiting her “Sedori Cane Vessel” in this Handweavers Guild of America international juried exhibit. The juried exhibit features functional or nonfunctional, traditional or nontraditional forms in basketry techniques. Barbara’s piece measures 36 L x 5 W x 5 H and is made of densely plaited random weave on hex woven cane, creating an elongated, boat-shaped basket. The Japanese Sedori (scraped and dyed) cane was purchased from Jiro Yonezawa.
Great Basin refers to the geographical bowl of the area and is a source of natural weaving materials for the basketmaker, used over the centuries by the native peoples who have called the Great Basin their home. Extending the concept of using indigenous materials, this exhibit encourages and emphasizes the use of materials from the artist’s environment. The exhibit takes place during the HGA Conference from July 6 – 12, 2018 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.
NBO member Larry Page has two of his “Metropolis” teapots featured in the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s Delmar Loop Gallery exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri. Juror Bruce W. Pepich has selected the best works entered in all craft media from both emerging and established artists.
“Visually, one can usually identify a teapot because it has a body, spout, handle and lid, but each teapot has its own unique and complex characteristics based on the artist creating it. Teapots have traveled all across the world and appear in many different cultures and nations. This exhibition, Identi-TEA, draws from the different interpretations and explorations of the artist-made teapot, as well as the ways artists express their own identities in creating their works and the messages these works carry about the artist’s individual characteristics. Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot can project its own personality just as the artist creating it can inject aspects of his/her persona into their work.”
The exhibit runs through March 18, 2018. More information at Craft Alliance Center
Danielle Bodine is the current featured artist for the Bellevue Art Museum Vitrine in the museum’s lobby. Bodine’s work is inspired by the amazing parade of ships that pass by her studio windows on Puget Sound and the active sea life underneath these waters.
“Hybrid Coral Polypus” is an imaginary coiled and cast paper underwater sea life has learned to adapt to the plastic debris that finds it’s way into its waters by enveloping this waste and morphing into a unique hybrid sea plant species.
-From the Northwest Designer Craftsmen September 2017 Newsletter
Information at Bellevue Art Museum
Photo credit: Michael Stadler