Over Under Newsletter - June news from the National Basketry Organization
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Summer is finally here and the older I get the more fleeting this season seems to be. I remember when it seemed as though summer would never end. Now summer seems to be over long before I’ve had a chance to thoroughly enjoy it.
This month’s Featured Guild is the Tennessee Basketry Association. They agreed to take on the Angel Basket Project in 2013. This critically important program provides a much-needed service to families that have recently lost a baby. What a gift they give people at such a tragic time in their lives. There are now several other guilds that have joined in the program. When you read the article below I hope you will find inspiration in the caring of strangers. Please be sure to visit the Tennessee Basketry Association’s website to learn more about them

There is a new instructional link in “Material Traditions: Twining Cedar” under our Resources tab on the NBO website. This article features the Tsimshian art form made in Metlakatla, Alaska. Delores Churchill led the workshop. She is a Haida master weaver, and one of NBO’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners in 2017. There are quite a few instructional videos included. Take a look to read more about this and view the videos. NBO Techniques, Materials and More

Have you wanted a listing on NBO’s website? All you need to do is become an Enhanced Member. You’ll also be eligible for a “Featured Member Friday” spotlight on our social media as well as workshop and event listings on the NBO website. NBO Membership Benefits
As always I’m happy to share a little of what’s happening in the world of basketry. I hope you enjoy it.

Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization
Shown above: Angel Baskets by the Tennessee Basketry Association

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Angel Basket Project
by Joyce Bolton Smith

The Angel Basket Project started with an e-mail on June 17, 2013 from Kim Nielsen at Vanderbilt University. Kim was the Program Coordinator at the Junior League Family Resource Center at the Children’s Hospital. At this time, the hospital’s Bereavement Program was looking for Moses-type baskets with handles that could be given to families to safely transport their infants to their funeral home of choice. This need for baskets is because many families are often unprepared to handle the financial cost of a child’s illness and are also unprepared to handle the death of a child, financially as well as emotionally.  Providing a basket to transport their child is one way to support the families during this time of grief.

This request for baskets was presented to the TBA membership during the General Business Meeting at the TBA convention 2013 at Fall Creek Falls. The motion to make this project an official TBA Service Project was approved by all present. The Board of Directors voted to budget $1,000 for this service project and email was sent to Kim that TBA had voted to provide baskets for the Bereavement Program. The first basket with a cushion and blanket was shipped to the hospital September 4, 2013. By January, 2014 our friends at High Country Basket Guild in Northern Virginia had completed 5 baskets, with blankets knitted by the Knitting Guild. At the 2014 TBA Convention, 25 baskets were ready to be delivered to the hospital. Since then almost 150 baskets have been provided to the program. The Knitting Guild in Northern Virginia continue to send blankets.

There are many guilds and individuals who deserve many thanks. I cannot thank everyone individually as I do not have all of your names, but you are thanked and appreciated. Thanks go to Candy Alexander for the name “New Angel Basket”, to Candy’s husband David for making and donating bases. Thanks to Allen Smith for making bases and handles for the Gourmet Weavers. (The Gourmet Weavers also deliver baskets to the hospital.) Many special thanks to all of our weavers in various guilds or groups: Gourmet Weavers, Odds and Ends, Georgia Basketry Association, High Country, and all of the individuals who made one or more baskets or have supported us.


Thanks to our blankets makers: the Knitting Guild of Northern Virginia and the Sewing Group in Pennsylvania who gave us 45 blankets. Thanks to Maria Goetz for making cushions. Thanks, too, to all others I might have missed. Many hands make a very successful project.  

From the Children’s Hospital, “There are no words that thank you enough."

Please be sure to visit the Tennessee Basketry Association’s website to learn more about them.
All photos courtesy of the Tennessee Basketry Association

Material Traditions: Twining Cedar

From the Smithsonian National Museum of National History, a wonderful resource led by Haida master weaver Delores Churchill, who learned from master Tsimshian weaver Flora Mather. Work begins with a red cedar bark harvesting and processing workshop in Metlakatla.
Techniques, Materials and More

Above: Delores Churchill holds a basket from her collection woven by Tsimshian master weaver Dora Bolton, 2017. Photo by Wayde Carrol

NBO, in partnership with Peters Valley School of Craft, is delighted to announce a one-of-a-kind trip to CUBA from November10-17, 2018! 

We invite you to join this adventure, specifically designed to allow you to experience the arts, crafts, and culture of this unique island nation at a historic time of change. This is a seven-night tour (see itinerary here)  was conceived in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel, a leading organizer of group travel to the island.  This will be the second time that Peters Valley will be taking a group on this fantastic journey, and the National Basketry Organization is thrilled to be able to offer our members and friends a chance to join them! As this is a partnership, Peters Valley will be handling the logistics but NBO members are asked to use the registration form available here: NBO in Cuba! 

More information on the NBO website.
Opportunities for Everyone! 

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Focus: Fiber 2019 - Textile Art Alliance

Family Matters: SDA International Exhibition in Print

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Craft Forms 2018:   Craft Forms

For more information, visit the "Call to Entry"  section on the NBO events calendar.  

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