Darryl & Karen Arawjo

Basket As Vessel

Darryl and Karen Arawjo LightVessel CCCXXIILight Vessel CCCXXII, 2004
Hand-split hickory, maple, monofilament: 8″ x 8″
Lent by the artists

The Arawjos began making rough Appalachian-style baskets as a hobby in 1978, and by 1980, were full-time, professional basket makers. Over they past 36 years, they have perfected their skills and developed a distinct style most recently represented by LightVessel, which has earned the appreciation of the art world.

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Lindsay Ketterer

Basket as Vessel

Lindsay Ketterer Calendula

Lindsay Ketterer Calendula DetailCalendula, 2015
Window screen, washers, wire: 29″ x 13″ x 6″
Lent by the artist

Lindsay Ketterer is a studio artist in Milford, Pennsylvania, who combines her love of textile techniques, fashion design, and textile patterns from around the world to create works of texture and grace. She says, “My obsessive nature draws me to the repetitive looping of knotless netting. One piece informs the next and the cycle repeats. I aim for the viewer to find the finished works both elegant and curious.” She won an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2005. Her work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including New York City’s Museum of Art & Design and Wisconsin’s Racine Art Museum and has been featured by Metalsmith, American Craft, FiberArts, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot magazines, Surface Design Journal, FiberArts’ Design Book 7, and the book 500 Baskets.

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Deborah Muhl

Basket as Vessel

Deborah Muhl Untitled #983

Deborah Muhl Untitled #983
Untitled #983, 1998
Sea grass, sinew, gourd, beads: 9″ x 16″ x 12″
Lent by Lois Russell

Self-taught basket artist Deborah Muhl’s first passion was music. Making coiled baskets since 1984, she says, “[Music] gave me a vehicle for expressing deep feelings, and it taught me the necessity of bringing discipline and clarity of vision to my work. Sculptural coiling allows me to create a kind of visual metaphor for the music of my life.” Using sweetgrasses grown and harvested by Native Americans in the U.S. and Canada, she creates free-form sculptural baskets, some of which are in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts; the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin; and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, France.

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