Mary Giles

Basket As Vessel

Mary Giles Sunrise SentinelSunrise Sentinel, 2007
Waxed linen, copper, iron: 26″ x 6.25″
Lent by the artist

Mary Giles is an art educator whose career in basket making began when she was preparing to teach weaving to a high school class in the late 1970s. She studied with Native American basket makers and fiber artists Walter Nottingham, Ferne Jacobs, Lissa Hunter, Diane Itter, Jane Sauer, and John McQueen and ultimately applied her skills to waxed linen, copper, and iron. Her work is richly influenced by the natural world and is included in the collections of more than a dozen museums. In 2013 she was named a Master of Fiber Arts by the Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian.

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Basket with Lid

Cultural Origins

Ojibwe (formerly known as Chippewa)
c. 1900-1940
Birch bark, sweet grass, and porcupine quills (RRR.22)
Lent by the Kansas City Museum and Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
6.5″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″