Basketmakers, Basket Artists, Basketweavers and Fiber Artists from around the world
with Last names beginning with M.
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Aquinnah Wampanoag from Hatchville, MA, Julia twines baskets using designs derived from
the northeast woodlands cultures.
Maker of contemporary vessels constructed of "pointy things" like
sharpened colored pencils and
nails. She uses a peyote stitch to assemble the sculptures.
Expert in ethnobotany and natural basketry skills. She teaches the process of materials preparation and technique in traditional Western North
American native basketry and European willow techniques.
This South Carolina basketmaker creates woven
and turned wood baskets that feature complex and colorful weaves
involving mathematical patterns, depictions of flowing water and other random
contortions of dyed and natural rattan. The baskets include wooden rims and
bases that Maxey turns on a lathe.
Mabel McKay (1907-1993)
The California Museum offers an extensive presentation of Mabel McKay's life and
work. Mabel was an extremely competent Pomo basketmaker.
Connie and Tom McColley
White oak and other hardwoods are incorporated with turned wood using traditional
technique in remarkable contemporary basket forms by this husband and wife team from
Chloe, WV. Tom and Connie have moved away from basketmaking, but deserve to be
recognized for the contribution they have made to the field of American
Contemporary basketmaker from Everett, WA who employs painted watercolor paper
to create sculptural baskets woven in diagonal twills. She paints the paper
beforehand with a variety of acrylic paints and uses a pasta cutter to cut the
paper into narrow 3mm wide strips. She exhibits widely and her work is available
in the Gallery shops of the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington and the
Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon.
Judy and Mike McDade
Judy and Mike of Jamit! Baskets in Pickaway, WV have been making baskets since
This contemporary basket artist from Swansea, MA is profiled in the
January 2003 issue of FiberArts Magazine. Her work frequently features linen
wrapped wire mesh hardware cloth and paper. Hand written lines of verse and
metaphor all figure into her expressive vessels.
Contemporary artist well known for the use of natural, hand gathered materials in his
fiber art. Occurrence
1998 is included in Limb to Limb.
Read Susan Kavicky's
review of the 2004 site-specific installation by John McQueen at the Racine
Art Museum (RAM) in Wisconsin that was published in Fiberarts Magazine. At
Duane Reed Gallery.
Anette H. Meier
Traditional basketmaker from Manorville, NY. Offers Nantucket, Shaker, or
Country baskets in cane, ash and reed including a Nantucket cradle.
Contemporary basketmaker, teacher and writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She
specializes in the use of natural materials, which she grows or gathers from the wild.
Using folding, pinning, sewing and twining techniques Sally creates contemporary
three dimensional forms from native materials of the Pacific Northwest including
big leaf maple bark, iris, sea grass, acorns and
other naturals in combination with waxed linen cord, copper pins, metal washers
and other man-made elements.
Willow basketmaker from the Ukraine offers a variety of household baskets,
boxes, shelves, frames and lampshades. Skeined willow is a specialty.
Michel (aka C.A. Michel)
Artist known for her sculpture, installations, paintings and coiled, feather embellished basketry.
This Massachusetts artist takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures
using basketry techniques that embody the forces of nature and time. Her basket formations offer three-dimensional grids upon which she records changes in barometric pressure, temperature, and cloud cover.
Teacher and exhibiting fiber art basketmaker from Denman Island, British
Columbia in Canada. Her work frequently features figurative forms abstracted
from the human figure.
This fiber artist from Westport, CT is known for her crocheted open forms, stiffened into
hard but transparent forms making statements about containment.
Known to many because of her active conference teaching schedule this Seattle, WA fiber
artist works in coiled pine needle as well as twined wire with bead embellishment.
Basketmaker from Los Ojos, NM
sells the pine needle baskets she makes from her shop called Funny River Trading
Working with waxed linen and beads in a knotted technique that has been revived
by contemporary basketmakers and is also used to create fiber sculpture. She
uses a half-hitch knot, working in waxed linen over a waxed linen core and most
often over a sculpted form, carved from Styrofoam. You will find this artist's
work displayed in juried exhibitions and galleries such as
Mobilia in Cambridge, Massachusetts or
del Mano in West Los Angeles, California. Merrill on
This contemporary basketmaker uses shredded money to plait her baskets.
Basket artist from Whitsett, NC. Specializes in sculptural coiled baskets of natural
materials including sweetgrass.
FiberScene displays a selection of Judy's knotted and looped waxed
gourd pieces. This California artist's work reflects heavily on the theme of family.
Judy's work at browngrotta Gallery.
Nantucket Lightship basketmaker, historian and lecturer, working on the island of
Nantucket. Kathleen Myers, past president of the Association of Michigan
Basketmakers and vice president of the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum.
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