Carol Emarthle Douglas ..."My inspiration is taken from my Northern Arapaho and Seminole heritage. I have based some of my designs on the Plains style beadwork, ledger art, and parfleche designs from my mother’s tribe. My father is from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and I also incorporate the colors and patterns of Seminole patchwork into my baskets. I am fortunate to have such a rich heritage to draw upon to inspire my work..." Read More..
Ronni-leigh and Stonehorse Goeman ... Although Ronnie-Leigh uses traditional Iroquois methods of basket making, she has evolved and elevated her art to another level, in that she collaborates and incorporates the work of Stonehorse Goeman. Stonehorse sculpts the bases for the baskets, thus creating “basket sculpture.” All of the basket sculptures are inspired and based on Iroquois and tradition. Each basket is elaborately woven, using ash, sweet grass, and embellished with moose hair and quill. The elaborate weaving and incorporation of sculpture creates a unique one of a kind presentation of “Iroquois basket sculpture.” Read More..
Vivian Cottrell ..."I am a 4th generation Cherokee basketmaker and Cherokee National Treasure, I realize the importance of our cultural knowledge. I have been weaving since 1973 and have shared my knowledge of harvesting and preparing, and weaving materials such as the rivercane, white oak, honeysuckle, buckbrush with many who desire to learn. Mom taught me that I should never weave a perfect basket. Only the Creator is perfect, and our baskets should serve a useful purpose to honor our Creator." Read More..
Jeremy Frey ... started weaving in his 20s, learning to make baskets from his mother Gal Frey. Gal taught him drawing on what she had learned from her teacher Sylvia Gabriel. Sylvia was renowned for her basketry, especially her porcupine curlwork. Jeremy learned all aspects of the tradition from selecting brown ash to pounding and preparing basket stuff, His work fuses traditional shapes with the innovative use of both traditional and non traditional materials, as well as unique signature designs... Read More..
Donald Johnston ... "I developed the white spiral pattern early in my weaving, as well as the use of a back stitch. I have done a wide variety of basket shapes from round to square, to my unique oval. My carving has evolved from whale tails, to seal heads, to eagles, salmon, walrus...to my more complex double whale tail and the baidarka with hunter that I developed to honor my Aleut heritage. Recently I have woven a basket with solid sterling silver... as well as baskets with sterling silver woven over baleen.
The only thing that never changes is my desire to create the highest quality baskets possible." Read More..
Frances Soctomah ... "As a Passamaquoddy artist, every time I create something new I’m reminded it’s not new. Our families and peoples have been here for over 13,000 years and everything I make is building on their legacies. All that comes from me is made possible from their knowledge of our homelands. To do as my ancestors did is to know them. To see the art they created is to hear their whispers. My work continues to let their stories flow while reminding us of the hardships, strengths, and love that allowed us to be here today as Wabanaki People." Read More..
Gabriel Frey ... Gabriel Frey is a twelfth generation Passamaquoddy black ash basket maker, specializing in utility baskets with a modern approach. Gabriel is a traditional taught basket maker, learning from his family members and honing his skills over past 18 years of basket making. Gabriel Frey is a 2019 US artist fellowship and received competition ribbons in Sante Fe Indian Market 2017 and 2019 Read More..
Topaz Jones ... Topaz Jones is a multidisciplinary artist, creating contemporary artworks through her paintings, sculptures, and basketry..."I create artwork from my whole being, expressions that reflect my story and my existence as an Indigenous woman in modern times. It is for this reason I consider myself a contemporary artist, pushing my artwork forward while including and appreciating my culture and traditions. Read More..
Iva L. Honyestewa ... "Building on life"s creation with Yucca.
Everything I Make with yucca is a combination of my life, my culture and my creation.
We are all made from Mother earth, the water, the earth, the air, fire, and space.
When creating my baskets I go out to gather my Yucca and leave corn meal saying thank you for allowing me to live off the land. Each living thing is alive and we have to treat it as such. I put my heart and my feelings into the weaving and for those of you who connect with my baskets and purchase I am happy to see my children (my creations) are in a new home". Read More..