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  • Elizabeth Schulze - Painting in the Round
    Elizabeth's work in contemporary coiled pine needle basketry is profiled by Patricia Malarcher in the Winter 2012 issue of Surface Design Journal. Elizabeth has reproduced the article on her personal site.

  • Pamela Zimmerman Named 2009 Niche Award Finalist
    Artist Pamela Zimmerman of Washington, NC, has been selected as a finalist in the 2009 NICHE Awards for the piece entitled "Catching the Pale, Pale Moon" in the Fiber: Decorative Category. The annual awards program is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for progressive retailers of art and fine craft. Winners of the 2009 NICHE Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft.

  • Leon Niehues Featured in Ion Arts and Culture Magazine
    The work of noted Arkansas white oak basket artist Leon Niehues is featured in the fall/winter 2008 issue of the new ionART Arts and Culture Magazine.

  • Mary Jackson - 2008 Winner of the MacArthur Fellowship
    Charleston Sweetgrass basketmaker wins the $500,000.00 genius award for her lifetime of pushing the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry in new and remarkable directions. On November 10, 2008 it was announced that Mary has also been awarded the USA Donnelley Fellowship in Crafts and Traditional Arts by United States Artists. USA Fellowships, unrestricted grants of $50,000 are awarded to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence, unique artistic vision, and significant contributions to their fields. The program honors artists at all stages of their careers, from emerging to mid-career to established figures in their fields.


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    Latest news and press releases about a range of basketry topics from Google News.
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    Basketry headlines and news stories.
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    Basketmakers in the news.
  • Feature Article About Polly Adams Sutton in HGA
    Kevin V. Wallace is the author of an artist profile about Polly and her cedar bark basketry in the Handweaver's Guild of America publication, SHUTTLE SPINDLE & DYEPOT Volume XXXIX No. 2 Issue 154 Spring 2008.
  • Dartmouth artist Gordon wins Portia White Prize
    Dartmouth basketry and textile artisan Joleen Gordon is the winner of the 2007 Portia White Prize.


  • Joleen Gordon Named as Finalist for 2007 Portia White Prize
    Joleen Gordon, a Dartmouth basketry and textile artisan, who combines her artistry with her passion for preserving and promoting the traditional basketry practices of Nova Scotia been selected as one of three finalists for the 2007 Portia White Prize, a $25,000 annual award celebrating excellence, innovation and expression in the arts.
  • Basketmakers Face Stiff Competition from Knockoffs
    Charleston's sweetgrass basketmakers are finding it difficult to compete with baskets made in China. Lowcountry sweetgrass basket "sewers" are concerned about cheap knockoffs from abroad. The article includes tips about some of the telltale characteristics of an import so that collectors can recognize the difference between the two.
  • Basketmakers Recipients of NEA National Heritage Fellowships
    The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 2007 National Heritage Fellowships to basketmakers Julia Parker and Pat Courtney Gold.
  • Pat Courtney Gold Recipient of NEA Award
    On June 30, 2007 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Gold and 11 other artists one of the nation's highest honors for a folk and traditional artist, a National Heritage Fellowship.
  • Willow in Community
    This project is a collaboration of the Arts Council and the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park. Volunteers work with Bonnie Gale, planning and constructing a community based living willow structure.
  • Northwest Basketweavers Gather
    Native basket weavers from throughout the Northwest recently met for the annual gathering of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association.
  • Lilly Baker, Maidu Basketmaker dies at age 95
    This basketmaker from a prominent Californian basketmaking family will be remembered for preserving the art of Maidu basket weaving. Contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship fund for young weavers through the California Indian Basketweavers Association, P.O. Box 1348, Woodland, CA 95776-1348.
  • Michael Kane's Magnum Opus - "The Last Dance"
    Read the September/October 2006 Nantucket Today article about the four and a half foot high Nantucket Lightship style sewing basket Michael took four years to make using more than 400 carved parts and 3,281 feet of cane.
  • Siletz basketmaker keeps the art alive
    Siletz basketmaker Bud Lane discusses how he works to keep the basketry traditions of his ancestors alive in this article from Indian Country Today. He makes cradle baskets, ceremonial hats, cooking baskets and working baskets for carrying such things firewood, roots and clams using traditional hand gathered natural materials such as hazel sticks, spruce roots, maidenhair fern, bear grass and woodwardia fern.
  • The April 2006 issue of American Style Magazine has a feature article about Contemporary American basketry entitled "Baskets Without Boundaries". The article is written by Kevin Wallace, co-author of Baskets: Tradition & Beyond. Basket artists including Arline Fisch, Jan Hopkins, Gyonky Laky, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Nancy Bess Moore, Ferne Jacobs, Lenore Tawney, Jeanette Ahlgren, Kay Sekimachi, John McQueen, Lindsay Rais, Charissa Brock, Susan Kavicki, Beth Nobles, Jennifer Maestre, Jill Powers, Judy Mulford, Carol Eckert, Karyl Sisson, and John Garrett are mentioned along with numerous gallery owners, dealers and even the BasketMakers website.
  • The March 2006 issue of The Crafts Report has a basketry focus. The cover pictures a copper wire woven basket by Suzanne Shafer-Wilson. Other articles feature Deborah Muhl's coiled sweetgrass basketry and Jan Hopkins is featured in the Online Exclusive: Weaving Wonder into Traditional Basketry. Numerous other makers and resources received mention as well.
  • Debora Muhl's Coiled Sweetgrass Basket is the cover image on the January/February 2006 issue of Crafts Business Magazine. View Debora's work on her own site.
  • Natural Origins - Contemporary Basketry 2006
    July 06 - 30, 2006. The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle, WA. Features the work of Jan Hopkins, Mary Merkel-Hess, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, Marilyn Moore, Polly Adams Sutton, Jill Nordfors Clark and Dona Anderson. Local news coverage.


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