Over Under Newsletter - March news from the National Basketry Organization
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What's New at NBO

I find it hard to believe that Tradition and Innovation In Basketry 10, NBO’s Biennial Conference, is only 3.5 months away! Where has the time gone? Our staff, board and various committee volunteers along with the staff at WKU are hard at work finalizing all kinds of exciting plans. NBO is sponsoring three exhibitions, the Kentucky Museum on the WKU campus along with the Art Department at WKU are also sponsoring special exhibits to coincide with our conference. This promises to be an exceptional conference and there is still a little time to sign up for these workshops that have a few remaining spaces.  
            Scott Gilbert – Great South Central Kentucky Basket and History Tour
            Beth Hester – The Language of Baskets
            Gina Telcocci – All for One
            Lynette Youson – Sweet Grass Basketry

For more information and to sign up for these workshops visit Tradition and Innovation 10

This month you get to meet our second of three new Board Members, Betty Kagan. She is in the process of transitioning to become NBO’s new Treasurer in the next couple of months. Betty brings a wealth of non-profit board experience having served on countless boards, including as Treasurer. Take a look below to learn more about Betty.
I am happy to introduce you to the Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island. They are our Featured Guild for the month of March. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Hallock State Preserve in Riverhead, New York, on the second Saturday of the month from September through June, maybe you can stop by and join them or say hello. The photos included with their article are from a workshop with Susan Dirsa. Please be sure to visit their Facebook page, Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island, and read below to learn more about their programs and meetings.
NBO is excited to partner again with the Peters Valley School of Craft for their 2019 Autumn trip to Cuba. Pamela Saint Pierre and Margaret Moran are NBO members who went on the 2018 tour. They were happy to share some of their thoughts and experiences with us along with several photos of their time in Cuba. 
If all of the above has peaked your interest and you want to find out about more events in your neighborhood visit our calendarIt’s filled with listings all over the country. You can also submit an event any time, it's free and easy.   
Happy Spring!
Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization
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Above image: Our thanks for these spring tulips in a beautiful basket by Katherine Lewis.  Photo by Steve Lospalluto of Dunbar Gardens.


What's New at NBO

Welcome to the NBO Board: 
Betty Kagan

Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island
NBO in Cuba
National Basketry Organization
PO Box 1524
Gloucester MA

Sue Williams, TN
Brenda Kucharski, TN
Bonnie Morton, TX
Regina Riley, IA
James Lamancuso, PA
Geri Siegel, CA
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Welcome to the NBO Board: Betty Kagan
Betty returned to St. Louis, Missouri, after working in HR and financial systems  in New York and London. Her partner Marty has since introduced her to the world of craft, as he collects fiber art. 
She attended the one-day workshop in 2016 launching the Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America show to learn about the history of basketry.  In 2017 Betty participated in her first workshop with Lanny Bergner in Tacoma, giving her an added appreciation of the artistry and talent involved in making baskets.
She has been involved in various non-profit boards and committees dealing with culture and the arts, global education as well as advocacy for women, children and families.

Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern New York
by Tina Pearsall

Basket weaving is alive and growing in New York, on the east end of Long Island, due to the phenomenal members of the Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island. This guild has been in existence for more than 25 years. Although some of our founding members are no longer with us, we continue to promote and further the art of weaving to all comers by demonstrating the craft at local fairs i.e. Hallockville Country Fair and Huntington Historical Society Spring and Fall Festivals.

Our meetings are held at the Hallock State Preserve in Riverhead, on the second Saturday of the month from September to June, 10AM to 4PM. This venue is bright, roomy and gives us the ability to weave for the whole day without interruption from our usual commitments. You can weave the scheduled project of the month or finish your PhD (project half done…we all have a least one of them) in the company of very helpful and talented weavers. Due to various skill levels, our projects range from beginner to advanced. This year our projects have included patterns or kits from Gina’s Baskets, Susan Dirsa, and NC Basketworks. During the summer months we have all-day outdoor weave-ins at local venues like the Peconic River Herb Farm, Horton Lighthouse, and the Oysterponds Historical Society.

In May we are very excited to be one of the sponsors of the Traveling Teacher Project with Annetta Kraayeveld. This program was initiated by the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, with Camille Meade at the helm, where a teacher travels from venue to venue across many states in the northeast. We will be weaving four different baskets with Annetta: “Yesterday”, “Oma’s Biscuit Basket”, “French Bread Basket”, and “Strata”. This program gives our members the opportunity to weave and learn from a teacher outside of our area.

Our Guild strives to promote and further the art basket weaving. If you find yourself on Long Island on the second Saturday of the month, come by for a visit and say hello, we will have a small basket kit waiting for you to weave. You can like us on our Facebook page or drop us an email.  
All photos courtesy of the Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island

NBO in Cuba! 

Once again, NBO is partnering with Peters Valley School of Craft to offer a seven-night tour of Cuba, from October 26–November 2, 2019. This adventure was conceived in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel, a leading organizer of group travel to the island. Together we’ve created a special program taking us from electrifying Havana to charming and quaint Trinidad and back. Isolated from U.S. influence for 50+ years, Cuba developed its own vibrant artistic traditions, often constrained by limited access to materials yet emboldened by the innovative spirit of the Cuban people to chart their own artistic course.  

Pam Saint Pierre and Margaret Moran, NBO members, traveled together to Cuba on the 2018 trip that NBO partnered with Peters Valley School of Crafts. Here are some of their thoughts as they reflected back on the experience of being in Cuba:

"We both loved the trip. It was a really interesting and well thought out tour. Together we kept pushing for them to add a basket maker (we were the only basket makers on the trip) and our amazing Cuban guide, Rosea, found someone. She was a treasure. Brigida is an old woman who weaves market baskets for a living. She is down to making one basket a day now and she supports herself and her deaf son who lives with her. Her baskets are sold for so little, I can’t imagine how much she makes. The most fun about the visit to her home, was how much she anticipated the visit and how special we had made her feel. Brigida lives in a part of town that tourists would not normally visit. She was honored by our visit. I don’t know if anyone had ever made such a fuss over her baskets. After we left, you could see her neighbors were very curious about what had just gone on. It was such an authentic experience and I think our tour guide made such a big difference. Kristin, the Peters Valley ED, and our guide were such a nice travel companions. It was just a lovely trip.”  - Pamela Saint Pierre

"The whole Cuba trip was a wonderful experience. If anyone is worried about the accommodations, the Melia in Havana is a part of an international chain and was first rate. My room in the casa particulares in Trinidad had a modern bathroom and the atmosphere and the family were lovely.

As to Brigida, she is, as Pam said, 92 and supports her son who is deaf. He was there the day we came and her daughter and son-in-law and grandson who live outside Havana came joined us as well. The front room where we sat had a bed and some chairs and a table. The neighbors had brought in the extra chairs for us. Brigida can only make one shopper basket a day and she sells them to someone to sell in the marketplace. She makes the equivalent of about $1.25 for a basket. She had four made the day we were there and obviously we paid more than that, 60 CUCS, the equivalent of 3 months’ salary for a worker. While the houses around her’s are rundown and/or abandoned, hers is neat, tidy, painted, and cared for.

We left after about 30 minutes, but visited a potter's studio and then a pottery shop and factory in the same area. It must have been an hour or more later when we drove past Brigida's on the way back to our casas. She was on the sidewalk with several neighbors clustered around her undoubtedly hearing about the visit by the American ladies.

Just a note about Rosea, our wonderful guide. We were supposed to stop at this particular potter's shop, but we tried a couple of times and it was closed. After we left Brigida, Rosea had our driver Junior drive us to the potter's home and studio and she pounded on the door until the woman came to the door. She was most gracious and invited us in to see her work. I can still see Rosea pounding on that door. A door wasn't going to keep us from meeting the only woman potter in six generations of potters. Rosea was wonderful--and I am not given to hyperbole." -
Margaret Moran

To learn more about the trip, view the itinerary and sign up, visit NBO in CUBA! 

Our thanks to Pamela Saint Pierre and Margaret Moran for also sharing their photos


      July 16 - 20, 2019
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Workshops of Special Interest:
Beth Hester - 
The Language of Baskets
Beth will be teaching a variety of basket weaving techniques. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn and never had the time? This is the workshop for you. Beth is so joyous in her basket weaving and teaching. This is a workshop for everyone and certainly not to be missed!
(Scott Gilbert photo of Beth and 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leona Waddell.)

Scott Gilbert - Great South Central Kentucky
Basket and History Tour
Great South Central Kentucky Basket and History Tour with Scott Gilbert will be visiting locations around the local area. Here are some new photos of Scott working and a few of the stops on the tour:
Photos courtesy of Scott Gilbert

Workshop Descriptions and Conference Information:

2019 NBO Conference
Opportunities for Everyone! 
Beyond the Surface: SDA Member Juried Exhibition
Fiber Art Network  Grants and Awards
Future Tense 2019 Call to Entry
Soft Borders Call to Entry
Craft Forms 2019  Call to Entry

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


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