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
Due to the unusual number of workshop cancellations, NBO is providing a FREE, temporary resource for any basketry instructors to list their on-line workshops. To list your workshops, send an email to: Basketry Workshops Online
Please contact the instructor with any questions and/or payment arrangements. (NBO does not endorse or produce any of these workshops.)
Workshops are listed in alphabetical order by instructor’s last name:
|Instructor||Workshop Title||Description||Contact Link|
|Abrams, Jackie||Online Workshops||Not Your Mother’s Coiling, Bias Plating: Pillow and Kimono Baskets, and Bias Plating: Sculptural Baskets. Three workshops, different dates. See link for details.||Jackie Abrams Virtual Workshops|
|Brock, Charissa||Bamboo and Glass Basket – A Decorative Technique Sampler||70 short videos of instruction. Live Zoom class meet-ups. View introductory video for registration and more information.||Brock: Introductory Video|
|Chappel, Cael||Twining Online!||This is a free series on YouTube about basic twining and more advanced topics along the way. Each video is short so it’s easy to jump right to a topic or technique you are interested in.||Chappell on YouTube|
|Choate, Jill||Cabin Fever Reliever||A variety of lessons from Jill Choate on Facebook LIVE. Twill weave, borde weave, group instructive video chat.||Jill Choate Basketry|
|Hoppe, Flo||Spiral Weave Basket||An introduction on how to make a spiral weave wicker basket. Full DVD available to purchase ini NBO online shop.||National Basketry Org|
|Sherfield, Norman||Circular Knotting Techniques||Learn circular knotting techniques that allow you to start knotting around objects.||Circular Knotting|
|Tjanpi Desert Weavers||How to Weave a Basket||Wonderful narrative and instruction. Download instructions free. Optional kit purchase.||Tjanpi Desert Weavers|
|Various||40 Free Patterns||40 Free Patterns for baskets & chair Seats with instructions.||Basket Maker’s Catalog|
|Various||Lashing Baskets||A variety of short tutorials on different lashing techniques||Basket Maker’s Catalog|
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)
- A group of small to mid-sized national arts grant makers have come together for Artist Relief
- National Endowment for the Arts Artist Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists
- NATIONAL COALITION FOR ARTS’ PREPAREDNESS & EMERGENCY RESPONSE
- By-state listing of State Art Agencies
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
Take a Moment to be Inspired:
Coping with Covid: Centering Wellness and Self-Care For Creatives (series)
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
Above: Detail from “Petals” by Barbara De Pirro
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.
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED.
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.
- 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
High resolution images due: TBD
Publication: Summer 2020 Basketry +: Late June, 2020
Work by Shan Goshorn, photo by Rose McCracken.
Enjoy a wonderful article written by Rebecca Head Trautmann in “American Indian”, the magazine of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
“Some of the last creative efforts of Eastern Band of Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn now rest in the National Museum of the American Indian. This past spring, NMAI acquired “Resisting the Mission; Filling the Silence,” a set of baskets commemorating a tragic era in American history. Beginning in the 19th century, American Indian children were removed from their homes and forced to attend boarding schools.”
NBO members Nancy Loorem Adams, Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Jill Nordfors Clark, Barbara DePirro, Sharon Kita, Dorothy McGuinness, Bill Roeder, Peeta Tinay, and Judy Zugish are all represented in “Currents 2020”, at the Schack Art Center in Langley, Washington.
Museo has invited 48 Northwest Designer Craftsmen artists to present a survey of what is current and amazing in the world of craft. The exhibition runs from March 7 to March 30, 2020.
Shown above: Fossil Traces #1 by Lanny Bergner. Stainless steel mesh mounted on board.
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Langley, WA 98260
NBO member Bob Gleason-Moore received an honorable mention for his work at the recently held World Wicker and Weaving Festival in Poland.
The event comprises a two-day competition for the title of Grand Prix of the Festival. For weavers from around the world it is an opportunity not only to allow an international jury to assess your work, but also to see design trends, techniques, and weaving materials used in different places. An exchange of experience allows you to explore new realms of the craft.
The Competition consists of two parts: works created live on-site, and sent in works. The contestants take part in the competition either individually or in pairs and is held once every four years.
Our congratulations to Bob!