NEW: Subscribe to Basketry+ Magazine!

For the first time ever, NBO is making our feature magazine available by subscription. Great idea for gift-giving!

NBO Members in “Mandatory Color”

Juried by Amie Adelman, Professor of the College of Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton, this online SDA International exhibition examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine.

NBO members Pamela Becker, Sun Smith-Foret, and Danielle Bodine have artwork in the exhibition. Danielle’s work, “Marching CV19 Munchers” (shown above) won 2nd place in the exhibition.

View the online exhibition here:  Mandatory Color

Lissa de Sailles in “Containment”

Enjoy a tour with NBO member Lissa de Sailles as she takes us through her solo exhibition at Gallery76 in Sydney, Australia.

Canastromania: Or How Basket Fever Transformed American Basketry from 1890 to 1940

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



Pat Hickman – “Art Baskets: Breaking Boundaries” Event Lecture

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 Presents!

NBO is introducing a new program called NBO Presents. Please join us for the first event in a series of interviews, lectures, get-togethers and other programming open to all NBO members and the greater arts community.


Sarita Westrup is an artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Her personal textile and sculptural works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Sarita is also co-founder of TIERRA FIRME, a project-based collaborative effort that speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of the US & Mexico.

Tune in on Friday, July 17th at  8PM Eastern / 7PM Central / 6PM Mountain / 5PM Pacific. The  program will last 30-45 minutes. Please email us for more information on how to watch the interview.

Shown above:  Orbital Migration 3000, Sarita Westrup

Getting Close!

Help the National Basketry Organization promote basketry!  Send us close-up photos showing details of your work. The best images will be selected for NBO’s social media and printed materials: calendars, note cards, posters etc.

  • Send your photo to NBO Closeup by JULY 31, 2020. (Deadline has passed).
  • You must be a member to participate in the contest. Not a member but have a great image you want considered? Join NBO now at any level and send that photo!
  • Please identify the artist, title of the piece, and the photographer when submitting your images. Label each photo with your name, title, and a number 1 through 3 (Example: NAME-TITLE-1, NAME-TITLE-2, NAME-TITLE-3). Maximum of 3 images.
  • Image specifications: square images a minimum of 1500 pixels on a side, jpg format. We may crop your image if it is not square to best fit our requirements. Large photo files are best. Please be sure to send them to us full size.
  • We will announce the selected photos by August 31, 2020. NBO will credit the artist and photographer whenever possible.


Above –  a detail image of Emily Dvorin’s basket,  Alchemical

#nationalbasketryorganization #basketry #traditonalcraft #contemporarybasketry #hands #basketryhands #weaving #NBOgettingclose


Sally Metcalf in “What Women Create” Magazine

Enjoy a wonderful (and colorful!) profile on NBO member Sally Metcalf in “What Women Create” magazine.  (Click on image below).


Resources for Artistic Inspiration, Financial and Business Assistance

Here at NBO we realize this is not only a personal issue, it is one that is shared on a global level. The entire world is sharing in some version of the same experience. We are all human and that makes each of us vulnerable while reinforcing our shared humanness. This can be a time of unity and creativity, and who better than artists to help lift everyone’s spirits. To that end NBO has come up with several ideas for you to share. We’ll be updating this page as events and resources unfold. We invite you to share your selections and ideas:  Email NBO

  • If you’re working in isolation because of the pandemic, post an image of your work-in-progress to instagram, including #basketryjoinhands  —  then follow the link to connect with other artists in the same situation.

A plethora of resources shared by Fractured Atlas (full list here)


An article from KQED: Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus 



CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. Visit cerf+

Also – fill out the cerf+ survey to help them assess needs and direct action.

A resource  list for artists located all over the USA but especially in the south from John C. Campbell Folk School

ART NET – a broad collection of resources for help! 

Take a Moment to be Inspired:

Coping with Covid: Centering Wellness and Self-Care For Creatives (series)

Digital Care Package for Artists and Creatives

Need some “away” time?  Museums all over the world are sharing virtual tours!  

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology has put their Unbroken Traditions basketry exhibition online.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a plethora of online exhibits, videos,  and webcasts. 

Don’ forget about “America’s Best Idea” – the US National Parks Service.  Start here and find your park!  National Park Service

Craft in America has a wonderful series of Art with Fiber

Shown above: work by Deloss Webber

Members in Print – Summer 2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED

Above: Detail from “Petals” by Barbara De Pirro

Members in Print 2018

The National Basketry Organization announces its second biennial Members In Print exhibition. Works selected will be published in the Summer 2020 edition of Basketry +, NBO’s full color magazine.

This year’s theme is Patterns and Textures, a work of basketry that in some way celebrates pattern and texture.


Juror: Jo Stealey – Jo Stealey, Ph.D., newly retired as the head of the fiber program at the University of Missouri where was awarded the endowed Middlebush Chair for Arts & Humanities (2010-15) for creative research. She teaches workshops, lectures on contemporary fiber and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.  She co-authored the book, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America,  and is currently in the process of curating the multi-year national exhibition of the same name.

The Members in Print exhibit is open to all members of the National Basketry Organization, including International and Friend members, current at the time of the entry due date. (Join NBO or renew your membership here.)

Friend level members that have a piece selected may purchase a copy of the in-print Summer 2020 Basketry +, or upgrade their membership (see above link).


  • Only one piece per artist may be selected.
  • As this is an in-print exhibition, photographs of the selected works must be high resolution, best quality.
  • The published image size will be at the discretion of the editor.
  • All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist.
  • Printed with each selected image will be the artist’s name, title, media and the artist’s website address.

Entry Procedure

  • Please apply here using the CaFE system: NBO MEMBERS IN PRINT  
  • Up to two works may be submitted, with two views of each piece for a total of no  more than four images.
  • Image sizing: high resolution JPG 1200-1900 pixels on the longest side, up to 5 MB.
  • Please check the box indicating if your work is traditional or contemporary.
  • The relative number of works selected for each category will be proportional to the number of works submitted. (For example, if more works are submitted for the traditional category, more works from that category will be juried into the exhibit.)
  • Please submit work made within the past three years, since 2017.
  • Works previously exhibited in Basketry Now or Members in Print are ineligible for entry.
  • An entry fee of $35 is required for submission of either one or two works.
  • Full prospectus available here soon! 


Entry due date: EXTENDED TO MARCH 29, 2020

Notification: TBD

High resolution images due: TBD

Publication: Summer 2020 Basketry +: Late June, 2020