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As I sit here writing this Over Under the skies are tinged with a yellow orange cast of smoke once again. Fire season began early and shows no signs of ending anytime soon. I think we’re all holding our collective breath until the much-needed rains begin.
Now that Virtually Woven is in the rearview mirror, we are making plans for next year. NBO is excited to hold another Virtually Woven 2022 online conference sometime in late spring early/ summer next year. The Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone next summer’s in-person conference because we are unable to confirm a location. Normally at this time we would have a confirmed location, conference dates and teachers chosen. Unfortunately, that is not possible under the circumstances. Our plan is to hold the next in person conference Tradition & Innovation in Basketry 11 in 2023. All of us at NBO are looking forward to the time when we can gather together, smile, and hug each other as we celebrate the extraordinary community of basket makers that compromise the National Basketry Organization.
In the meantime, we will continue our online programming with NBO Presents and the monthly Teachers Zoom meetings.
We are happy to share an article from Willie Ziegler about the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild. They held their first in-person meeting since the March 2020 lockdown and sent some great photos as well. Take a look below.
I want to give you a recap of what happened during our first online gathering/conference. Lots of people joined us for the opening Thursday afternoon/evening. During that time, we gave a brief overview of Friday and Saturday’s programs and opened Every 1 our online exhibition. There was a demonstration on navigating the exhibition to make it easier for people to see the baskets. Every 1 will remain online through December 31, 2021.
There were over 100 people who registered and attended VW on Friday and Saturday. During the four exciting programs panelists talked about their work, about what motivates them, how they got started and a variety of other topics. Part of each program included time for the panelists and hosts to engage in discussions with one another. That is always my favorite part.
Everyone who joined the hosted lunches on Friday and Saturday had huge smiles on their faces. Our closing event with its signature cocktail, the Wicker Rickey created by Nick DeFord, was a big hit. After Virtually Woven 2021 ended we began to receive wonderful feedback. We plan to have the program recordings available online in the near future. At that time anyone who signed up will be given a link. If you were unable to attend Virtually Woven, you will be able to watch the recordings for the same $50 registration fee. We will let you know when the recordings are available.
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Shown above: Contributed Photos from Virtually Woven. From top: a variety of work by Barbara dePirro, willow basketry by Katherine Lewis.