Over Under Newsletter - May news from the National Basketry Organization
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 As I’m writing this, sitting by my open window, the aroma of star jasmine makes me smile. It’s finally May and the hummingbirds are visiting my garden all the time. My New Zealand Flax is blooming and the birds love the flowers, along with the peach colored Abutilon blossoms. This is such a warm and nurturing time of year. Daylight is lasting longer as we approach the summer solstice.
Pat Hickman is the final new Board Member of 2018 that I would like to introduce to you. She has spent time many years teaching in textile and fiber programs including the University of California at Berkeley and Davis along with other bay area institutions. Pat is a Professor Emerita of Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. To find out more about Pat please read her bio below and be sure to visit her website: Pat Hickman: Artist Working in the Fiber Medium

May’s Featured Guild is from the far north. The Headwaters Basketmakers Guild was founded in Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1990. Looking for like-minded basket makers they placed an ad in the local newspaper and the rest is history. They are an active group with members stretching over 3 states. Keep reading to find out more.
Under our Resources tab on the NBO website there is the Techniques, Materials & More heading. We just included a reprint of an article from the Spring 2017 NBO Magazine Capturing Your Work with Photography. We have had a lot of requests on this subject and wanted to share this article with you.
Carol Eckert, NBO Board President, had an interesting experience recently. Someone who was the curator of an upcoming exhibit was looking for some basket makers and contacted Carol. She referred them to the NBO website to look at our Featured Members Page. A listing on this page is included in the Enhanced Membership package, and comes with some newly added benefits.  Visit Join NBO  and find out how to be listed on the Featured Members page.
Thank you for your reading the May Over Under. I hope you enjoy it.

Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization
Above photo: Hickman’s commission, Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades, stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Hawaii.

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Welcome to the NBO Board: Pat Hickman

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2019 NBO Conference
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July 16-20, 2019  

Bowling Green, Kentucky
 Campus of Western Kentucky University

Welcome to the NBO Board of Directors:

Pat Hickman

Pat Hickman is Professor Emeritus of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, where she taught for sixteen years. Her studio is now at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, New York, and she lives nearby on the Lower Hudson River. Hickman’s work is in major collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Hawaii State Art Museum, among others.

In Hawaii, Hickman’s commission, Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades, stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Hickman twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and she served as President of the Textile Society of America (2008-2010). Hickman curated two traveling exhibits: Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin (1987) and Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning (1993). Learn more at her website: Pat Hickman 

 Headwaters Basketmakers Guild
Bemidji, Minnesota
by Linda Hansen
Established with a newspaper ad in 1990, the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild is a community of friends who enjoy weaving and connecting with other communities of weavers throughout the country. The Headwaters Basketmakers Guild is in Bemidji, Minnesota, a small city in rural Minnesota. The guild began with Monie Martin and a friend wondering if other people in the area might be interested in making baskets so they put an ad in the paper. Seven people responded to the ad and the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild was established.
The mission of the Headwaters guild is to preserve the art of basketmaking. True to the mission of the guild, each monthly meeting involves a teacher presenting a basket or a particular weaving skill. An annual workshop, Weavin’ Up North, is held at Concordia Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota. Both nationally-known and local weavers present at the workshop. Special classes are set-up for new weavers. These classes are designed to demonstrate the basic skills needed to make a basket—setting a base, simple weave, chase weave and rimming a basket.

As a culture we are becoming more aware of the power of social groups with common interests and the importance of hobbies. Weaving events are about focusing on the present moment and letting go of other life stressors. This group of weavers draws members from the small towns of the rural community and membership stretches over three states. The Headwaters Basketmakers Guild connects Minnesota weavers to the greater weaving community. Visit their Facebook page:  Headwaters Basketmakers Guild

All photos courtesy of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild

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! 

Fiber Art Network - Grants and Awards

Fiber Art International - Call to Entry - FI2019

Handweavers Guild of America - Certificate of Excellence

Focus: Fiber 2019 - Textile Art Alliance

Family Matters: SDA International Exhibition in Print

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

Carolyn Van Cise, ME, Annette Young, VA, Mary Pierson, TN, Linda Coppinger, IN, Shannon Huber, WA, Debra Hurd, AR, Michael Wheeless, NY, Sun Smith Foret, IL, Deborah Needleman, NY, Bruce Shaw, MA, and Deb Strid, CT.


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