No Place Like Home, East Tennessee Basketry
Imagine doing away with shopping bags, plastic buckets, and manufactured storage tubs of today and depending instead upon baskets. You would quickly recognize the essential role that these hand-woven containers of wood played in bygone days. Baskets were some of the most functional and creative possessions in everyday life.
During the past year, the East Tennessee Historical Society has worked to document the traditional basket makers of our region. Materials and construction details have been recorded for baskets surveyed. For those baskets where the maker’s identity is known, family stories and photographs have also been collected. Woven of Wood, East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940 highlights selected examples from this survey.
“As a tie-in to Woven of Wood, the work of contemporary basket maker Billy Ray Sims is also on display. Now based out of Alabama, the Tennessee native has worked in a wide range of basketry styles.”
Kentuck Gallery Exhibit
The Kentuk Festival of Arts, Tuscaloosa, AL, celebrates the best in American folk art each year in October, and its associated gallery has great exhibits and craft sales throughout the year. I was honored to show my work there through the month of August, and most appreciative of the many supportive visitors and their interest in basketry.