Virtually Woven 2024

Virtually Woven is NBO’s third biennial online conference.

It will be held on three consecutive Fridays: July 12, July 19 and July 26, 2024.

“Sculptural Basketry” with Emily Dvorin, Virtually Woven 2021
“Traditional Materials” with Peeta Tinay, Virtually Woven 2021


July 12, 2024


11:00 am – 11:05 am

Welcome to Virtually Woven 2024

Host: Pam Morton, NBO Executive Director

11:05 am – 12:30 pm

Gathered: A Panel Discussion

Host: Eric Stark

Panelists: Jeannet Leenderste, Kadey Ambrose, Delia Fian

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch Basket

How do you begin? Do you gather? If so, what & why?

Host: Anne Bowers

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Every 1 2024: Opening & Awards

Intro and welcome: Pam Morton

Hosts: Kimberly Harding, Emily Dvorin

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm


Wrap up, share next Friday’s schedule

Lunch Basket with Toni Best, Virtually Woven 2022
“Gathering Inspiration” with Sarah Sockbeson, Virtually Woven 2022

July 19, 2024


11:00 am – 11:05 am

Welcome to Virtually Woven 2024

Host: Pam Morton, NBO Executive Director

11:05 am – 12:30 pm

Gyöngy Laky: Inventing Structures

Hosts: Eric Stark, Pam Morton

Speaker: Gyöngy Laky

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch Basket

Every 1 – member sharing

Hosts: Emily Dvorin, Toni Best

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Alternative: A Panel Discussion

Host: Nick DeFord

Panelists: Julia Gartrell, Linda Tien, Ellen Kleckner, Lela Arruza

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm


Wrap up, share next Friday’s schedule

“Australian Basketry” with Lissa-Jane deSailles, Virtually Woven 2022
“Usual Suspects” with Doug Johnston, Virtually Woven 2022

July 26, 2024


11:00 am – 11:05 am

Welcome to Virtually Woven 2024

Host: Pam Morton, NBO Executive Director

11:05 am – 12:30 pm

Installed: A Panel Discussion

Hosts: Ann Coddington & Amie Adelman

Panelists: Rebecca Hutchinson, Mi Kyung Lee, Carmen Mardonez

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch Basket

Tips & Tricks! Packing, Installation, and Presentation of Work

Host: David Bacharach

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Basketry: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Hosts: Eric Stark, Pam Morton

Speaker: Jo Stealey

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Separate Zoom, signature cocktail

Hosts: Cael Chappell, Pam Morton


Amie Adelman

Amie Adelman is a professor teaching fiber courses at the University of North Texas, Denton. She has an MFA in fibers from the University of Kansas and a BFA in fibers from Arizona State University. Through various travel grants, Adelman researched fiber techniques in Africa (Ghana, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda), Europe (England, Ireland, Norway, Scotland), and South America (Guatemala). Her artwork appears in numerous books and journals, including American Craft, Fiberarts, Fiber Arts Now, and Surface Design. Adelman exhibits artwork nationally and internationally and has participated in artist-in-resident programs at The Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas (2023), Lakkos Artist Residency, Heraklion, Crete, Greece (2018), Gullkistan Residency for Creative People, Laugarvatn, Iceland (2014), and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (1998-99). She is currently serving on the National Basketry Organization Board of Directors.

Kadey Ambrose

Kadey Ambrose is a basketmaker on a quest to discover her ancestral heritage. Her work connects ancient craft and ethnobotanical knowledge with the innovations of living culture and ranges from traditional ‘using’ baskets to inventive woven forms. She holds a BAS in Ethnobotany from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University, both with an emphasis on basketry. In 2020, Kadey was selected for the inaugural Traditional Craft Mentorship Program at the John C. Campbell Folk School and for the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Cohort in 2022. She serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Basketweavers Guild and is an active member of the National Basketry Organization. Kadey now weaves in Fairbanks, Alaska, inspired by the community she grew up in.

Photo: Cierah Johnson

Lela Arruza

Lela Arruza is a contemporary paper artist from Apex, North Carolina. She received the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Appalachian State University and completed her BFA in ceramics in May, 2023. Her background as an adopted Asian American artist encourages her to explore identity and culture through paper; utilizing an origami technique called Golden Venture Folding. She draws inspiration from traditional Chinese porcelain ceramics. Arruza is a 2023 recipient of the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship and her work has been exhibited at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Ann B. Coddington

Ann Coddington utilizes a variety of ancient fiber techniques including twining, looping, and netting in her sculptural forms. Her work has been shown across the United States and Internationally with recent exhibitions: Art Evolved: Intertwined, (venues: Yellowstone Art Museum in Montana, the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum in Washington, the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Mississippi); Redefining the Basket, Gallery 76, Sydney Australia; Fiberart International, Museum of Art Fort Collins, CO; Degrees of Commitment: Climate, Ecosystems and Society, Arrowmont Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN. Ann is a Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator Emerit from Eastern Illinois University. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department. She is active exhibiting her work and teaching sculptural twining workshops around the world, having just returned from teaching at the Fibre Arts Australia and Fibre Arts New Zealand. Coddington is an active member of the National Basketry Organization.

Photo: Rudy Salgado, River City Tintype

Nick DeFord

Nick DeFord is an artist, educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville, TN. Currently, Nick is the Chief Programs Officer at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Nick has exhibited at the Bascom Center for Visual Arts, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Knoxville Museum of Art and has taught past workshops at the University of Louisville, East Carolina University, Arrowmont, and Penland School of Craft. In the fall of 2018 he was a resident at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. He has been a reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council and the juror for the American Tapestry Biennial 13.

Photo: Corie Marie Podielski, John C. Campbell Folk School

Delia Fian

Delia Fian is a basket weaver and teacher, making her way towards a handmade life in the Unicoi mountains of Southern Appalachia. She directs School of the Greenwood, a nonprofit working to restore connection to the land through creative empowerment. At Greenwood, she teaches basketry to children and adults, utilizing invasive and abundant wild materials. When not teaching, Delia is passionately hunting the limits of all that is possible in weaving material culture for a rooted and regenerative future.

Julia Gartrell

Julia Gartrell is a sculptor who uses wood, textiles, native clays, plaster, bric-a-brac and found objects to interrogate material usage in traditional Appalachian craft and American culture. Reuse of material and “making do” are central to her explorations. Oral history, lore, and relics are among the things gathered for her practice. She also runs a traveling art project called the Radical Repair Workshop. Julia received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (2015) and a BA in art from Kalamazoo College (2008). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residencies at Fine Arts Work Center, Western Carolina University, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Ox-Bow School of Art in Michigan, Ifitry Artist’s Residency in Morocco. Julia has taught at RISD, John Tyler Community College, Kalamazoo College, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Photo: David Clough

Rebecca Hutchinson

Rebecca Hutchinson’s sculptural work is informed by observations of the natural world, drawing inspiration from its resilience and resourcefulness. As a Professor at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth she has taught ceramics for over 20 years. Rebecca Hutchinson’s sculptural work has been shown across nationally and internationally. Her work has been published in over 80 publications around the world and she has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships, and awards- notably from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as Artist of the Year by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and as Distinguished Artist by the James Renwick Alliance in Washington DC. For teaching and research, Hutchinson is highly-awarded by UMass Dartmouth. She has been nominated 4 years in a row for the Outstanding Educators Award of the International Sculpture Center (Sculpture Magazine).

Ellen Kleckner

Ellen Kleckner (she/her) is an artist and educator living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her artistic practice weaves together community engagement, material investigation, and collaboration. She studied Ceramics at the Appalachian Center for Craft (BFA) and Ohio University (MFA). Ellen is the Executive Director of the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, a non-profit community art center.

Gyöngy Laky

Gyöngy Laky (b.1944 Budapest, Hungary) exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Early in her career she created a large work for the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program. Her work is in a number of permanent museum and corporate collections. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant among other awards including the National Basketry Organization. In 2003, she was one of a team of three to develop an Arts Master Plan for the new US Federal Food and Drug Administration campus and the Bancroft Library, UC, Berkeley, released her oral history. Her personal papers are in the Smithsonian Institution‘s Archives of American Art. In 2022, a book, Gyöngy Laky: Screwing with Order, assembled art, actions and art practice, essays by Mija Riedel and David M. Roth, designed by bybrowngrotta arts, published by Arnoldsche, Germany (328 pp). As of 2005, Laky is Professor Emeritus of UC, Davis, (chair, Department of Art mid-1990s).

Photo: Annie Dean

Jeannet Leendertse

Born in The Netherlands, I spent much of my childhood crafting with fabric, using my grandmother’s hand-crank sewing machine. In order to be able to make a living, I chose to study graphic design, and at 27 left for New York in search of an internship. After completing my degree cum laude, I moved to the Boston area and became an award-winning book designer. Several years ago I turned my focus again to textiles. I grew up on the coast of the province Zeeland [Sea-land], and discovering The Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine felt in many ways like coming home. Even though the landscape is different, the smells, sounds, and wildlife are familiar. There, my Shibori and knit work evolved to echo its ancient landscape and marine life. As an immigrant, my Dutch culture and heritage are always with me. Adaptation and reflection are ongoing. My fiber process brings these outer and inner worlds together. My work has been widely exhibited and is currently represented by BrownGrotta Gallery.

Carmen Mardonez
Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Carmen Mardonez

Carmen Mardonez (1988) is a Chilean textile artist who recently arrived in London from Los Angeles where she lived since 2017. Her artwork seeks to radically reimagine intimate spaces of memories, dreams, and discovery, exploring variations around traditional embroidery by combining oversized formats, textile sculpture and the recovery of textile waste. Carmen studied History and Arts in the Catholic University of Chile, a master’s degree in Community Psychology at the University of Chile. Her artwork has been exhibited in Craft Contemporary Museum, Building Bridges Art Exchange and Brea Gallery, among others, and her practice has been supported by grants and residencies from “Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers”, “Arts at Blue Roof”, and “The Other Art Fair: New Futures:”.

Eric Stark

Originally from California and now living in Portland, Maine, Eric Stark is a teacher, architect, and maker who has served as the program chair for the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bachelor of Architecture degree for the past 12 years. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the design studio, where he is focused on design process and community partnering.

Jo Stealey

Jo Stealey – professor emerita, former head of the fiber program and founding director for the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She teaches workshops, lectures, and curates exhibitions, including the traveling exhibition and catalogue, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. She is best known for her sculptural objects, artist books, installations, and mixed media based on basketry processes. She has been exhibited widely in over 300 national and international exhibitions and has work in the permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the School of Art Granada Spain, the Windgate Gallery at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, the Springfield Art Museum, MO among others.

Photo: Brooke Bragger

Linda Tien

Originally from Fort Worth, TX, Linda Tien is a visual artist, curator and exhibition producer of Vietnamese heritage. Linda has a studio background in metalsmithing & jewelry design but has always worked across media and formats including sculpture, performance, installation and video. She received her BFA in 2011 at Texas Tech University and her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In addition to her studio practice, Linda has many years’ experience in curation and gallery work. She has curated for many galleries including the galleries at the Appalachian Center for Craft (Smithville, TN), The Fuller Projects (Bloomington, IN), the Columbus Museum of Art + Design (Columbus, IN) and now currently works as the Director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


Virtually Woven 2024 is open to the public. The registration fee for all three sessions is $80.

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