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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February is always an unpredictable month in northern California. We haven’t had rain even once and there is none predicted until the second week of March. Otherwise the word "drought" is beginning to be spoken and printed around the entire state. This is something that every Californian fears. On the other hand, the weather is lovely, warm today’s high of 73 is wacky and the plum trees are in full bloom. Along with this spring like weather comes allergy season also in full bloom!
Our thanks to NBO Member Katherine Lewis for sharing her beautiful Irish Potato Baskets with us - photo by Steven Lospalluto.
There are several exciting things happening at NBO right now. We have entered into the process of creating our first Strategic Plan. NBO is working with two exceptional graduate student researchers at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri in Columbia. They are doing this as part of their Capstone Project. We really are interested in your thoughts and hope you will help NBO by completing this survey if you haven’t already done it. We think this can be a transformational project for NBO to guide us into the future. Take the survey here.
You still have time to submit and entry for the Members In Print 2. The final deadline is March 15 through CaFE. This year’s theme is Pattern and Texture. This exhibit will be featured in the summer issue of Basketry+. More information is available by visiting the NBO website: Members in Print 2.
I want to introduce two more of our new Board Members. Jane Sauer, an internationally acclaimed artist and a self-taught knotter. Annetta Kraayeveld is another new board members. She is an artist, teach and basketweaver who began collecting when she was a child. Each of these new board members bring a wealth of experience to our organization. You can read more about each of them below and see their photos, so you’ll know what they look like.
Sometimes I find and/or receive interesting articles relating to basketry. This article titled: New app uses Indigenous basketry patterns to teach math conceptsis on the Simon Fraser University website and is from December 2018. I’ve always been a strong believer in the concept of STEAM instead of STEM learning. The arts foster creativity and collaboration and thinking outside of the box.
The featured guild this month is the Georgia Basketry Association. They’ve been holding their Annual Convention for 20 years! How wonderful to have named the first convention “2001: A Basket Odyssey”. You can find out more about them in their own words below and at their website, Georgia Basketry Association.
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IN THIS ISSUE
What's New at NBO
Welcome to the NBO Board
Georgia Basketry Association
Spring Issue of Basketry+ on the way soon!
NBO and Peter's Valley
Trip to Japan
National Basketry Organization
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Norma Minkowitz, CT
Myra Alexander Pavey, AZ
Pamela MacGregor, OH
Linda Hovermale, MD
Melody Eckroth, ID
Texas Basket Weavers Association , TX
Clear Lake Basket Weavers , TX
Elizabeth Holmes, Ontario
Elizabeth Derieux, TX
Elizabeth Runge, GA
Melanie Gange, MD
Tobi Klein, MA
Barbara Walker, OR
Melanie Schneider, VA
Darlene Ryer, NM
Gerardo Stecca, GA
Elizabeth Peter, British Columbia Brent Quarles, TN
Annetta’s home and studio are full of baskets: the collecting started when she was a child; the weaving, in 1994 when she found a book and begged a lesson. She is still obsessed with baskets and finds great satisfaction working with her hands, merging an age old art form with the contemporary world. Creating functional art pieces is her passion.
When not weaving, Annetta is teaching, which she enjoys as much as weaving. She has been teaching at basketry events and guilds across North America since 2000. Annetta has earned several awards, including Best of Nantucket and Viewer’s Choice at the 2013 AMB convention and Best of Mold Woven at the 2015 NCBA convention. More about Annetta at PrairieWood Basketry
Jane Sauer is an internationally acclaimed artist and gallerist. Her interest in fibers began in high school with embroidery, weaving and sewing although she majored in painting at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Basketry came in the mid 1970’s through seeing images of baskets in the very early publications of Fiberarts magazine in the mid 1970’s. The architectural qualities of basketry were what fascinated her and she taught herself knotting through a Donna Meilach technique book. Today her work is in over 20 museums including the Smithsonian (DC), Museum of Art and Design (NYC), de Young Museum (CA), Boston Museum of Art (MA), Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA) and Racine Museum of Art (WI).For 12 years she owned the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After selling her gallery Jane returned to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
Georgia Basketry Association (GBA)
by Kathie Smith
Celebrating the hands that shaped an organization that would grow to a membership of over 200…. and the hands of those that will carry it forward! 123 weavers gathered to celebrate a shared passion for weaving at the Twentieth Annual Georgia Basketry Association (GBA) Convention. Teachers from Massachusetts to Arkansas joined us for “2020: The Basket Odyssey Continues” held January 31-February 2, 2020, in Marietta, Georgia.
Reflecting back to the 1990’s, small groups of weavers were meeting at libraries and halls. Many were traveling to other states for Conventions and wanted to create that ‘convention’ experience for weavers in Georgia. They started by hosting a one-day event. From that small but successful event, GBA was born. The mission would be “to perpetuate the art of basketry, stimulate interest and knowledge in all phases of basketry, and preserve the importance of basketry as a heritage craft.” Teachers were invited from across the US to share their knowledge and traditions for the first convention - “2001: A Basket Odyssey.”
So, this year was a wonderful celebration of a milestone and a reflection of our history. Attendees were given a commemorative base etched with the GBA logo. Past Presidents were recognized; past convention themes displayed; friendships treasured. But most brilliantly, for the 20th year, many hands gathered to enjoy weaving baskets that will be cherished for years to come. Join us as we weave into the future!
The National Basketry Organization is pleased to be partnering with Peters Valley in hosting a one-of-a-kind arts and crafts tour of Japan from May 23-June 3 of 2020. This adventure is a wonderful opportunity to explore Japan as well as a way to raise additional funds for NBO. The 10-night program to Japan (3 nights in Tokyo, 2 nights in Kanazawa, and 5 nights in Kyoto) will be an amazing experience and is limited to 17 people. This adventure in Japan takes place from May 23 to June 3, 2020.