Charleston Sweetgrass Basket Tradition Fights for Survival

In an article for “The State” newspaper, Caitlin Bird examines how, “Today, these makers, who call themselves sewers, speak of a discouraging reality intertwined with a personal quest to keep a Gullah tradition alive.” (Photo of Betty Manigault).

NBO Member Exhibition: “Every 1” CLOSING IN 3 DAYS!

 Every 1 is an all-inclusive, members-only basketry exhibition that demonstrates the breadth and scope of the basketry that NBO members create. Enjoy viewing over 160 baskets that range from traditional to contemporary to OH WOW! Baskets are shown… Read More

Jean Poythress Koon

For the last decade  I have been  exploring the potential of combining  of  salvaged metals  and coiled  pine needle basketry to create sculptural forms. It has been a good artistic fit and has become my voice –  a… Read More

Judy Gibson King

Inspired by my grandmother who made colorful quilts using fabric from flour sacks and worn-out clothing, I enjoy giving vintage fabrics a new life. I work primarily with cotton and silk, transforming kitchen aprons, bridesmaid dresses and other… Read More

Amy Sunshine

 I come from a long line of painters and musicians. Since I showed an early aptitude for music (and no discernable artistic talent – I can’t draw a line), I was guided down the musical performance path. Later… Read More

NBO Presents: A Studio Tour with Charissa Brock

Hosted by Lindsay Ketterer-Gates, enjoy this tour of bamboo artist Charissa Brock’s studio. Charissa Brock, who works and teaches out of her studio near Portland, Oregon, has been making artwork with natural materials since 1994.  She discovered bamboo… Read More

Julie Kornblum

I make art for the same reasons I breathe. It is not a choice, it’s automatic, and it is necessary for life. I was the artist of the family as a child, but the artworks I envisioned were… Read More

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.

United States Artist Grant Awarded to Geo Neptune

Congratulations to Geo Neptune on becoming a recipient of a United States Artist Grant. “Geo Soctomah Neptune is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Indian Township, Maine, and a master basketmaker, drag queen, activist, educator, and two-spirit—an… Read More

NBO 2021 Annual Appeal

This has been an extraordinary year, with challenges we never anticipated. NBO is embracing this time to find opportunities to better serve our members and the larger basketry community across the country and around the world. Please help us with this important work by supporting the Annual Appeal.