Art Evolved: Intertwined

The National Basketry Organization is excited to announce a special project with the Studio Art Quilt Associates. NBO is collaborating with SAQA on a traveling exhibition Art Evolved: Intertwined. The exhibition will travel around the country for three years.

 

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze at the Cahoon Museum

As part of the “Interwoven” exhibit at the Cahoon Museum, NBO member Elizabeth Whyte Schulze gives a talk about her work and her process.

Remembering Jackie Abrams

Photo by Jeff Lewis

 

We mark the passing of a beloved and talented teacher, artist, mentor, and so many other things to so many people. Jackie was most recently an instructor at the NBO Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2019. We were all so fortunate to have had her talent and influence in our lives.

Petria Mitchell, co-owner of Mitchell-Giddings Fine arts with her husband, Jim Giddings, says of Abrams, ” I’ve never known
anyone who could think through their fingers as she can – she has learned how to walk creatively on the planet.”

It is our pleasure to share this keepsake profile of Jackie that was featured in the Summer 2012 NBO magazine. (Click on image to read)

 

Judy Zugish Interview at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Take a break and enjoy this short interview with NBO member Judy Zugish about her recent exhibit at Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts Gallery. Learn about her world travels, and how she grows and cultivates willow in her 40 year old garden, preparing the material to make her unique pieces!

 

Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir in Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

NBO Members Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir have been juried in to the 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. The show will be on view from November 5 to 7, 2021, at the Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art, and available online after that. “The talented artists represent a vast array of work in 13 diverse categories of art created by hand.”

Information at Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Shown above: detail from work by Barbara Osborne

Jackie Abrams – Precarious Shelters

This video was created by Jackie Abrams to accompany her “Precarious Shelters” series. Both the series and the video are designed to help raise awareness of the extreme range of homes and shelters in our communities and throughout the world.

Many thanks to Susan Levi-Goerlich for her excellent movie editing.

Carol Eckert: First Place: The Fall of Icarus

Congratulations to NBO member Carol Eckert on being awarded First Place at the Fiber Arts X juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts for her piece, “Fall of Icarus”.

Fiber Arts X is a biennial, juried, international exhibition presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art.  This year 70 pieces were selected from 800 entered by the distinguished jurors in the field. Jurors are Carol Beadle, fiber artist and teacher, Melissa Leventon, curator and specialist in textiles and costume, and Tom Grotta, photographer and gallery owner.

Available to view online at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

In person at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

SDA Looped and Knotted: Contemporary Basketry

SDA Looped and Knotted

Enjoy the SDA Spring 2021 Journal Party: Looped & Knotted: Contemporary Basketry. Developed in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and guest editor Carol Eckert, the issue features Norman Sherfield and many other NBO members.

New Book by Dorothy McGuinness

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!

 

BIPOC Scholarships at Snow Farm

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.

For more information visit Snow Farm

If you are aware of other organizations with similar opportunities, please send and email and let us know!