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.
Nancy Koenigsberg has been engaged in one form or another with textiles for most of her life, from early knitting commissions to a needlepoint business and since the mid 70s working in art textiles.
Lin Bentley Keeling creates contemporary coiled vessels with colored threads that reflect the harmonies, the melodies and counterpoint of her musical background.
Carol Eckert shares a post from her blog picturing the work of Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana who often employ basketry processes in their designs. TransNeomatic Bowls combine traditional wicker work with reused scooter tires.
#NBObasketartist Peggy Wiedemann wrote to share where her coiled pineneedle sculpture is or will soon be on exhibit early in 2015.
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, the show will also feature forms by seven contemporary basketmakers from across the country.
“I am inspired by nature, animals, space and the concept of home. I especially like to explore the limits of reed, a traditional basketry material. I feel like my work is a dialogue with reed.” __Elizabeth Runyon
This installation by Karen Gubitz has been featured in Carol Eckert’s Contemporary Basketry blog post, In Threes. This installation was completed by Karen as part of her entry for ArtPrize – Grand Gathering, Installation for the Grand Rapids… Read More
Coiling horsehair? Painstaking doesn’t even begin to describe your work. Patience is a trait I seem to have been born with, and I actually enjoy (and sought out) work that would slow down my approach to production.
As a contemporary fiber artist, I have a strong preference for natural fibers and materials. The shapes, designs and colors in the materials inspire the artwork. The wonderful thing about using natural materials, such as pine needles, is that they have a life and character of their own. I sometimes like to combine these natural elements with found objects.