Matt Tommey in Rapid River Magazine

Matt Tommey - Nested in Laurel

When asked to describe his work, Matt responded, “I describe my work as nature inspired sculpture that uses basketry and a variety of unique surface and assemblage techniques as my language of expression. I’m not sure where that puts me within the contemporary art world. Quite honestly, I don’t give that a lot of thought. I try to make things that I love and that resonate with my clients that originate within the simple elegance of the natural world. That process has served me well over the last 23 years as a maker.”

Full article here on Rapid River Magazine

2015 – 2016 NBO Annual Appeal

What an exciting year it has been for the National Basketry Organization! Since coming on as President, I have been a part of the continued momentum, started by our past President Lois Russell. It is a true pleasure to see the maturing of our organization and the achievement of ambitious goals, working committees and the continued efforts toward fulfilling our mission of promoting the art, skill, heritage and education of traditional and contemporary basketry.

With your help, big things were accomplished this year: We

  • planned and held a conference
  • executed three major exhibits
  • produced an instructional DVD
  • established and worked with a Guild Advisory Committee
  • hired a new part-time Executive Director

Pam Morton, our new Executive Director, is excited to usher us into the new year. Our Board is strong and already planning for our 2017 conference. We have many new projects in the making to serve, connect, support and showcase our diverse culture of basket makers. Planned for this coming year are: increased scholarship monies, increased information about regional and national workshops, online access to images, Guild connections, more instruction and more resources.

And it is YOU, our members, that make this all possible – Thank You!

As an organization we are in an incredible period of growth. It is a new and exciting era. But it all takes money and support from our members to sustain our forward momentum. From your own experience you know that NBO can change an artists work whether through attending our biennial conference, as you have, learning a new technique in our Quartery Review magazine, or making new connections through our website. Whatever your experience, I hope you will want to extend it to others.

We need your continued support. Please donate to help us continue this critical work.

With your help, we can continue to grow, be a national presence and be a viable, active force in the basketry community. THANK YOU for anything you can give. Your support is vital!

With appreciation,
Emily Dvorin, President

To donate online click here and visit our Online Shop

If you prefer, make your check payable to NBO and mail to:  PO Box 1524   Gloucester MA 01931-1524

Donna Crispin Weaves New Baskets from Old and Natural Materials

Seaweed on the beach, cattails in a ditch, grapevines on a trellis, bark on a birch tree — it’s all ancient art waiting to happen for longtime basket weaver Donna Crispin of Eugene, Oregon.

With a BLM permit, she may pull bark off a cedar tree — sustainably, of course — and weave it into a brownish red hat. She turns cattail leaves into a cooking apron, and blends twigs from red osier dogwood and willows into a random-weave basket with brown and cream tones. Even after 29 years of weaving, she never tires of creating baskets and art from natural materials.

“There’s always something new to learn,” Crispin says. “It seems there are new techniques I haven’t discovered yet, a different rim or a different start.

Read more here at the Register-Guard newspaper.

Willow Weaver Crafts a Life at Rose Hill Willow Farm

NBO member Howard Peller was recently featured in an article in the Daily Jeffersonian newspaper of Cambridge, Ohio. Peller grows about 50 species of willow, harvests it and creates baskets and containers of all kinds. He also sells willow for cultivation and fence-making.

Read more here: The Daily Jeffersonian

Over/Under E-News – May 2016


OU May 2016

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More to Consider 1

Highlights of the inaugural member exhibition,”More to Consider 1″, at the 2015 NBO Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Entwined – NBO Members at the MUSEO

Canister of Filtered Air by Lanny Bergner

Lanny Bergner, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, Kathey Ervin, Katherine Lewis, Dorothy McGuiness and Polly Sutton are NBO members featured in this  show at the Museo gallery in Whidbey Island, Washington, through November 1, 2015.

Creative Coiling: The Artistry of Jean Poythress Koon

Congratulations to #NBObasketartist, Jean Poythress Koon on the new book about her basketry. Written by a former student, Hetty van Gurp, Creative Coiling celebrates the innovative basketry of Jean Poythress Koon who has inspired many basketmakers to break away from the traditions of pine needle coiling. By offering samples of Jean’s work together with her reflective musings, this book will kindle your basket-making creativity.


Paper Transformed

“Paper Transformed”

NWDC and NBO members Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Dorothy McGuinness will be participating in a group show, “Paper Transformed,” along with other paper artists at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Please join the artists for the opening reception on July 4 from 5:30-8pm.

The show runs from July 3 – 26, 2015.

July 12 1-2 pm gallery talk “Why Paper?”  2-4pm demonstrations and children’s mini paper workshops

July 11, 18, 19   Adult paper workshops   For workshop information:

Exhibition information:

Northwind Arts Center

701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA



Garden Acorn Squash

Dona Anderson    Garden Acorn Squash_10x16x16″

Octopodocus Sea Anemone 39”Hx9”Wx8”D _Danielle Bodine IMG_2860

Danielle Bodine   Octopodocus Sea Anemone 39”Hx9”Wx8”D


Dorothy McGuinness     Satellite_12x15x12”

PR Release:

“Paper Transformed” is an exhibition of the work of eight Western Washington artists who transform machine and handmade paper into artist books, sculpture, jewelry, baskets and other visual objects. Dona Anderson, Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Sande Wascher-James all use paper for its inherent infinitely malleable character, not just as a substrate for traditional artists’ media. To paraphrase philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan, Paper Transformed is an exhibition where “the paper is the medium and the message.”

All Things Considered VIII : Invited Artists

Shoal on ice by Donna Kallner

In addition to the 55 objects by 45 artists jurors JoAnn Kelly Catsos and Perry Price have selected for the All Things Considered VIII Exhibition, invited artists, including the conference faculty, previous Lifetime Achievement Winners, staff members and board members, will be part of the show. The exhibition will open in conjunction with the National Basketry Organization’s Biennial Conference – Tradition and Innovation VIII at the Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 9, 2015. A tour of the show will be on the NBO Biennial conference schedule. The exhibition will close in St. Paul on August 9 and move to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, from September 18 to November 22, 2015.