Donna Crispin : Cloth, Paper, Scissors Q&A

Donna Crispin - Woven Collar



Portrait of Donna Crispin


#NBObasketartist Donna Sakamoto Crispin has been featured in an artist Q&A by Cloth Paper Scissors published by Interweave.

Five in CraftForms 2014

Five NBO members will have work in CraftForms 2014 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  Shown here are: Dona Anderson, CostumeAmanda Salm, Equilibrium; Lois Russell, Habitat: a.mellifeura; Nancy Koenigsberg, Rouge and Peggy Wiedemann, Hanging OutThe exhibition will run from December 5 to January 31, 2015.


Spirits Headed to Gravers Lane

Jan Hopkins "Spirits" Lunaria seed pod centers, weathered Hydrangea petals, cedar bark, ostrich shell beads, Tibetan prayer beads; waxed linen looped and hand sewn 10.5"l x 16"w x 16"h

Jan Hopkins piece, “Spirits” fresh from exhibit with Considering the Kylix is on its way to GRAVERS LANE GALLERY, 8405 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Jan announces the shift of venue here on her blog.


Quad-Cities Basketry Gets Radish Write-up

Quad-cities in the Radish

Quad-Cities Basketry Guild recently got a write up about their activities in the Radish, an online and print magazine. President Sue Tucker explained the activities of the nearly twenty year old group of basket makers from in and around the Quad City area. The Quad Cities is a group of five cities straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa–Illinois boundary. These cities, Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois), are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area. The guild meets monthly in Moline, IL and are in the planning stages for a two day event in January 2015 where participants will make a two-handled laundry basket. Read the Radish article and learn more about Quad-Cities Basketry Guild.

Quad-Cities Basketry Guild is a guild partner with the National Basketry Guild. NBO works to support the many guilds throughout the country and in Canada. These guilds are the bedrock of basketry education, offering a local or regional welcome to people interested in basketry. Each guild is independent and plans its own programs. If you want to learn more about basketry or find a group in your area, stop by the Guilds for Basketmakers page. The guilds presented there have registered as Guild members of NBO and all of them welcome new members. We encourage you to contact them if you are a beginner or if you are an experienced basket maker looking for a community. The page is segmented by geographic area to make it easy to find a basketmaking community near you. You can find out more about how your local guild can partner with the NBO or become an individual NBO member yourself by visiting the Join NBO page or email us at

Elizabeth Runyon In First Solo Basketry Exhibit

Critter by Elizabeth Runyon

Elizabeth has written to share that she is having her first solo exhibit. Twisted Traditions: The Contemporary Basketry of Elizabeth Runyon opens Oct. 30 at the Zanesville (Ohio) Museum of Art and continues through Dec. 6. She will also present an artist lecture there on Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM  and a workshop on Nov. 21, 2014. Read more about Elizabeth’s work on her Featured Member’s page here on the National Basketry Organization website.

World of Threads Weekly Fiber Artist Interview

Dorothy McGuinness - Chevron

Read the latest World of Threads Weekly Fiber Artist Interview about #NBObasketartist Dorothy McGuinness of Everett, WA.

Dorothy will be exhibiting in the 2014 World of Threads Festival exhibition Solo Shows & Installations in the Corridor Galleries at the main festival venue Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She was interviewed about her work in advance of this event. The interview includes 45 photos of Dorothy at work and of her finished creations. Also covered is how Dorothy became involved in basketry, the teachers who have influenced her over the years and many print resources she relies on.

Her interview will remain available in the archive of World of Threads Weekly Fiber Artist Interviews

Lois Russell in Fall Fiber Art Now

Lois Russell Fiber Art Now Fall 2014

See a feature article on Lois Russell’s twined waxed linen basketry titled Lois Russell: From Familiar Roots to Distinctive Style BY ADRIENNE SLOANE in the Fall’14 issue of Fiber Art Now magazine. Subscribe now or purchase a single copy. Find other basketmakers including #NBObasketartist Jane Sauer and Lanny Bergner in this same issue.


World of Threads To Include McGuinness

World of Threads to Feature Dorothy McGuinness

#NBObasketartist Dorothy McGuinness will be participating in the World of Threads Festival in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She will have 5 pieces in the Corridor Galleries at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

The 2014 World of Threads Festival, is a biennial festival that is a showcase of local, national and international contemporary fibre and textile art. It is based in Oakville, Ontario where it began in 1994. This year there is also a show in Mississauga. They are showing 255 artworks by 97 artists from 12 countries.

Dates: Nov. 1 – 30, 2014. Admission is free. The main Festival venue is Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville.

Check out the 2014 Exhibitions and download the .pdf brochure.

Main Festival Opening Reception: Sat. Nov. 1, 2014, 2- 4 pm.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville
Check the Website for info on all shows, opening receptions, downloadable brochure, bus tours from Toronto to Oakville/Mississauga, maps & directions, artworks and their Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews and Curator Interviews.

McGuinness in TextileArt

Dorothy McGuinness TextileArt Around the World

Dorothy McGuinness has shared the news that she will be in the book TextileArt around the World from Textile-link.

For more about Dorothy’s basketry visit her web site


2015 Niche Award Finalists


Three Professional level members of National Basketry Organization have received notice of their acceptance of Finalist status in the Basketry Category of the 2015 NICHE Awards competition. Congratulations and best of luck to all as the judging continues to Dawna Ellis of Poulsbo, WA, Dorothy McGuinness of Everett, WA and Matt Tommey of Fairview, NC. Dorothy has competed and advanced in both the Professional Basketry and Decorative Fiber categories.

The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists ages 21 and older who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work supplied to galleries and/or craft stores.

Finalists will receive an awards certificate, a listing in NICHE magazine (professionals only) and a listing in the printed Buyers Guide of American Made Show, January 2015.

Finalists will also be invited to display their piece in a special exhibit at American Made Show in Washington, D.C.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held during the American Made Show in 2015.

Winners will receive an awards certificate, trophy, listing on the NICHE Awards website and a listing in the Spring 2015 edition of NICHE magazine.