This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases American craft like never before. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.
NBO member Polly Adams Sutton’s piece Facing the Unexpected is featured in the exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. from May 13, 2022 to April 2, 2023. For more information, visit This Present Moment – Crafting a Better World
Shown above: Gallery. Photo by Polly Sutton.
Congratulations to NBO member Eric Taylor on the publication of his book, “A Basket Life”!
Eric shares story from making his first basket as a teenager, a lengthy apprenticeship, and then out on his own, developing his Cottage Style baskets. He also writes about how ash trees are being destroyed by the emerald ash borer and how it’s affected basketmakers around the country. Included in the the book is special section called “Hunt for the Last Black Ash” where Eric shares his journal pages that documenting what he is doing up in Wisconsin.
While there are no basket patterns or instructions on how to make a basket, it is autobiographical and talks about black ash, how it’s processed, and the work involved in making all the materials to make a basket from the tree. With 300 pages and hundreds of images, it is a book to enjoy! Available in hardcover now, and softcover soon. For more information about the book, you can visit and purchase an autographed copy (with free shipping) from Eric at Eric J. Taylor
Since 1970, the American Craft Council has recognized significant contributions to the field of craft. Originally designated the Award of Merit, in 1975 the ACC adopted the distinction of Fellow of the Council, the body of awardees known collectively as the College of Fellows. Election to the College of Fellows continues to this day, the award a commitment “to honor those who have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America.”
Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists and culture bearers across the country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. These artists embody their People’s cultural assets in their creations and their way of life. Bringing spirit to the community is an important responsibility for artists — it is part of a sacred honor system.
The much-awaited Journeys: The Life and Work of Jackie Abrams, edited by artist and friend Beth Hester, is now available! This 52-page, image-rich book…
As part of the “Interwoven” exhibit at the Cahoon Museum, NBO member Elizabeth Whyte Schulze gives a talk about her work and her process.
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)
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!
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