Over/Under Newsletter - August 2021
The National Basketry Organization is an inclusive community of makers and enthusiasts whose purpose is to promote awareness, inspire creativity, and foster appreciation for the heritage and artistry of basketry.
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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.
Featured Guild
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. 

Virtually Woven
 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.

Feel free to share this with your friends.
Pamela Morton

Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization 

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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. 
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Misti Washington Gourd and Basketry Guild

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Misti Washington Gourd and Basketry Guild
by Willie Ziegler
The August meeting of the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild was the first in-person meeting held since the beginning of the pandemic lockdown. We had just changed meeting venues when the lock down started and had no chance to see how the new venue would work, so it was an interesting and exciting meeting. We met outdoors, under a covered patio area with tables and benches that can be moved in a number of different configurations, so we were able to be socially distant and still close enough for conversation. Masks were optional; some some wore masks and some did not. A number of different topics were reported on, and it was decided to try to have our customary August Basket Day in October. It is to be an in-person, full-day event with 5 classes including both baskets and gourd offerings.

The meeting was greatly enjoyed by all, giving us a chance to talk with our friends that has not been enjoyed for many months, even though we have been having zoom meetings routinely during this time.

Following the meeting, show & tell and lunch, a class was offered, attended by five participants. These after-meeting classes are routinely offered, giving members the chance to explore different techniques, materials and explore things different than what they normally do. While the class is going on, other members work on projects they have brought to the meeting or just sit and socialize. 

We will go back to a zoom meeting in September and hope to resume our in person meetings on a routine basis starting in November.
Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild
NBO Member Exhibit: Every 1

Make sure to visit Every 1, an NBO Members exhibition online through December 31, 2021. It features works from 161 artists representing 34 states as well as Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, & the United Kingdom. You’ll also want to check out the the Exhibition Committee Awards , and other awards with a sense of humor. (The ink to Every 1 can also be found on the NBO homepage for the foreseeable future.) Check out the tote bags and posters available in the NBO Zazzle online shop! 
Opportunities for Everyone
Craft Forms 2021 - 26th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft - deadline September 15, 2021
Craft Boston Holiday Online - deadline September 23, 2021
Yarn / Rope / String - deadline September 24, 2021
Excellence in Fibers, VII - deadline October 29, 2021
HGA Dogwood to Kudzu 2022 - deadline March 2, 2022
HGA Mixed Media Exhibit - deadline February 2, 2022
Small Expressions 2022 - deadline March 15, 2022

Craft Forms 2021 - 26th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft

 For more information visit NBO’s Call to Entry listings on our website


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