Jo Stealey : Smithsonian Interview

Paired for Life by Jo Stealey

Doug Litts recently interviewed NBO Board member Josephine Stealey for a post to Smithsonian Libraries’ Unbound. Stealey was awarded first prize for her work Paired for Life at a national artist book exhibition, Outside the Margins held at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The work has now been added to the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library artists’ book collection.

Congratulations Jo, on both the prize and the press mention in Unbound.

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Peggy Wiedemann : Fantastic Fibers 2015

Peggy Wiedemann has two pieces in Fantastic Fibers 2015, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky, April 11 to June 6, 2015.

Hanging Out a coiled pine needle sculpture by Peggy Wiedemann

“Hanging Out”, Pine needles, Irish waxed linen

View Peggy’s Featured Member Page

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Barbara Shapiro : Gallery Kanegae Commission

Barbara Shapiro. Memory Vessel III (detail)

Barbara Shapiro recently completed and shipped this commissioned work called Memory Vessel III to the Gallery Kanegae in Kyoto, Japan. The piece is plaited, dyed cane overdyed in indigo, 37.5  x 4.25 x 7H”.

In addition to being a member of NBO, Barbara is a past Textile Society of America, Board Member at Large. Learn more about her and her work on her website:

Midwest Fiber Art Trails

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

Laura Weber - Lake-effect-2*NEWS from MIDWEST FIBER ARTS TRAILS*

*Grand Opening Weekend Event of Wisconsin’s First Fiber Arts Trail*

NBO member, Laura Weber joins five other award-winning fiber artists, a national top 10 quilt shop, a Milwaukee news-poll favorite art gallery and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, all part of a Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail this spring in the Cedarburg-Grafton-Thiensville area of eastern Wisconsin. It will be the first fiber arts trail of its kind in the state and the Upper Midwest.

The 14 members of the Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail will host their Grand Opening weekend event themed ‘Postcards from the Trail’ on March 21 – 22, 2015. Hours are Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 4:00

“The textile artists and businesses featured on this unique art trail are a part of the new tradition of makers that is fueling the resurgence of textile arts,” said Jennifer Wilder, founder and owner of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, who developed the fiber arts trail concept in the Midwest.

“Joining together, the trail members have formed a vibrant and diverse gathering place that fosters creativity and innovation.”

Along the 15-stop, self-guided tour, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art in Cedarburg welcomes visitors into their Barn Gallery to view the current exhibit, *“Color in Motion: 30 Quilts for 30 Years.”*  Artists will welcome visitors into their studios at the Grafton Arts Mill and Cedarburg Woolen Mill and Shops.

NBO member Laura Weber is a participant.

Nancy Koenigsberg : Material Attraction

Nancy Koenigsberg - City View at Material Attraction

City View


Nancy Koenigsberg

in Material  Attraction

Gallery 61 ~ New York Institute of Technology

Exhibition will run January 22 — February 25, 2015
Viewing hours Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm

Candice DuCoin : 2015 TBWA NBO AWARD

Texas Longleaf Pine Needle Tray by Candice DuCoin
Candice DuCoin of Round Rock, TX is the winner of the NBO AWARD presented at the “Stars of Weaving” exhibit held at the Texas Basket Weaver’s Association 2015 Convention.

Candice will receive an NBO award certificate, an All Things Considered VII exhibition catalog, and a $25 cash prize.

We asked Candice to provide a statement about her work.

“As a fifth generation Texan, I grew up loving the piney woods. As a teenager, I discovered pine needle baskets made by the Alabama-Coushatta Indians and I knew I just had to learn to make them. Years later, I found a pine needle basketry teacher to coach me in the basics and then I looked for every opportunity to improve my techniques. I gather needles of longleaf pines found in the deep sandy soils of East Texas, and work to make them into Texas treasures. Longleaf pines can reach 125 feet, with needles 15-18 inches long!

When I’m not making baskets or trekking the forests, I’m researching and writing about my 19th-century Texas Ranger ancestors who helped in the taming and settling of the young state along its wild and perilous borders. How I would love to discover a basket weaver down one of the branches of my family tree!”


The NBO AWARD honors outstanding works of basketry and related art exhibited outside of NBO events. The award is available for presentation at exhibitions that include a minimum of five basketry entries, take place in the US or Canada and are either open to the public for a minimum of one day or are part of a basketry or related arts organization conference. If your organization or gallery would like to be considered for this program visit the Scholarship Program page for details.

Peggy Wiedemann

Peggy Wiedemann wrote to share where her coiled pineneedle sculpture is or will soon be on exhibit.

Coming to Mesa Arts Center “6th Annual Contemporary Crafts”, February 13 to April 5, 2015.

Peggy Wiedemann - Trio

Peggy Wiedemann – Trio

Current Shows:

2014 Juried Biennial Exhibition, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, California, December 13, 2014 to February 7, 2015, Jurors Award for her piece Trio, pictured here.

“Craftforms 2014”, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2015

“Baskets Uncontained”, Ontario Airport, Ontario, California, November 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015

Beyond Materials


Beyond Materials



Contemporary Baskets

featuring work by Dorothy Gill Barnes

February 1–March 22, 2015

Opening Reception: Feb. 1, 1–4 p.m. Gallery talk with Dorothy Gill Barnes at 3 p.m.

The work of renowned Ohio artist Dorothy Gill Barnes will be showcased in the Ohio Craft Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Beyond Materials: Artists Pushing the Boundaries of Basketry.” On view February 1–March 22, 2015. The show will also feature forms by seven contemporary basketmakers from across the country.

“Dorothy Gill Barnes has been ‘pushing the boundaries of basketry’ for more than four decades, with her innovative—and wildly inclusive—use
of varied natural materials and freewheeling approach to sculptural form,” notes art historian and critic Ann Bremner. “This exhibition offers a glimpse of the range of her creative work, from woven baskets and constructions of the 1990s to recent projects that have emerged from her ongoing work with students in the glass program at The Ohio State University.”

The eight artists invited by curator Tracy Rieger include Massachusetts artist Jennifer Maestre, who sharpens and cuts hundreds of pencils into 1-inch sections, then sews them together to create her sculptures. Working with a variety of materials, including waxed linen, paper and even shoelaces, Ed Bing Lee, Pennsylvania, uses hundreds of knots to form his objects. Elizabeth Schulze, Massachusetts, constructs her baskets with pine needles and raffia, then uses paint, handmade paper and gel medium to draw and mark the surface.

“Other artists in the exhibition have each developed their own ways to challenge expectations and expand possibilities—often in directions quite different from those taken by Barnes,” Bremner says. “They too have embraced unexpected materials: from plastics and wires to vernacular objects such as pencils or shoelaces. And, like Barnes, they have nudged the vessel-like forms of traditional basketry into the wider expanses of sculpture and installation while embracing intriguing possibilities for commentary and narrative.”

Participating Artists
Dorothy Gill Barnes*
Gerri Johnson-McMillin*
Gyongy Laky
Lanny Bergner*
Ed Bing Lee
Jennifer Maestre
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze*
Danielle Bodine*

* = #NBObasketartists

Pat Moritz : Blowing Rock Artist in Residence

Coiled basket by Pat Moritz

#NBObasketartist Pat Moritz was accepted in the Artist in Residence program in Blowing Rock, NC Aug 6-10, 2015. This is a juried program which receives a lot of submissions each year and it only runs from the end of June through September. It is held at the historic Edgewood Cottage. Pat will share the space with Jan Freeze who is an oil painter for five full days of exhibiting and weaving in a town that draws a lot of tourists and other artists.

Dawna Ellis : 2015 NICHE AWARD Winner

Morning Song by Dawna Ellis
Morning Song by Dawna Ellis

Morning Song

Dawna Ellis has been announced a winner in the 2015 NICHE AWARDS in the Professional Recycled Division. Dawna uses recycled kimono fabrics to coil her basket vessels. You can learn more about Dawna’s distinctive textile artworks by visiting her personal website, D. Ellis Originals.