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Published in Textile Society of America 2014 Biennial Symposium Proceedings: New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Los Angeles, California, September 10–14, 2014,


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Contemporary basketry has evolved over the last 60 years to be integrated into the art world at large. The panel will address what is new and innovative in this movement, and ask how is the work of this generation influenced by the previous generation of basketmakers? This panelists will illustrate how the movement continues to be redefined due to the influences of Joanne Segal Brandford and Lillian Elliott by looking at innovative artists who have contributed fresh patterns, channels and momentum to this innovative medium. Furthermore, the panel will examine how this confluence influences current emerging artists.

Areas of discussion are as follows:

1. How materials and techniques have become “language” in the work itself and suggest meaning (i.e. Mo Kelman, and others).

2. How technology has influenced the creative process (i.e. Nathalie Miebach).

3. How the movement has merged to be seen as sculpture like any other medium. There are numerous examples of artists who consider themselves to be basketmakers, as well as those who do not, who explore and exploit basketry materials and/or techniques. Basketry has emerged in temporary and permanent installation art (i.e. Patrick Dougherty, Janet Eichelmann), Land Art ( Jette Melgren, Tim Jouhnson, Monica Guellera).

4. How artists have used recycled materials to address environmental issues (Bryant Holsenbeck), as well as sociological and cultural themes (Rigo 23 - project in South America).