NBO member Dorothy McGuinness announces the publication of her book, The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry: Explorations in Diagonal Twill.
“Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, strips that are cut 3 millimeters wide with a pasta cutter from watercolor paper painted with acrylics, McGuinness weaves in original ways that build unique and intriguing forms. Her creations, whether baskets or sculptural art, exude energy and elegance. Here she shares for the first time, in fascinating photos and practical text, how to weave several basket shapes in diagonal twill, including instructions in undulating twill. Explore new structural forms: weaving multiple woven units together, asymmetrical corners, and multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work. McGuinness demonstrates how to create several rim treatment finishes for the baskets. Next, learn some different ways to incorporate a sculptural element into your work. You’ll also explore how various color patterns in the base will weave up on the sides of the basket. Throughout, she encourages you to search your own interests for ideas to incorporate.”
The book will be available from Schiffer Publishing in September of 2021. Our heartiest congratulations to Dorothy on this wonderful accomplishment!
New in 2021, Snow Farm is pleased to strengthen their commitment to accessibility, equity, and inclusion with scholarships designated specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. We believe strongly in the value of diverse of voices, backgrounds, and experiences to enrich and sustain the Snow Farm creative community, and we recognize that BIPOC artists, who have been most impacted by racism and colonialism, are critical to the creative future. These scholarships are one step along the path toward more equity and justice.
NOTE: Disregard if a workshop is listed as FULL; spots have been reserved for scholarship recipients.
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If you are aware of other organizations with similar opportunities, please send and email and let us know!
NBO member Emily Stehle is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award grant by her local art agency, Creative Pinellas. She has been assigned a professional artist mentor who will guide her through the process of installing a piece at the Emerging Artist Exhibition in May.
When not working on her installation, Emily hosts a multi-country Ukulele jam on Zoom, or publishing information about her activities and artistic process on her Creative Pinellas blog.
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
Enjoy a tour with NBO member Lissa de Sailles as she takes us through her solo exhibition at Gallery76 in Sydney, Australia.
The Gilcrease Museum is hosting an exhibition of the work by Shan Goshorn, on display through March of 2021. Here are two short films examining the life, legacy and “Weaving History in to Art”.
Explore the legacy of Shan Goshorn in this short film by FireThief Productions preceded by an interview with film director Sterlin Harjo and their curator of history, Mark Dolph.
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 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
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