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Innovations in Basketry

 

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Jars appear again in Carol Eckert's small, elaborate works made by "coiling," or wrapping lengths of thread in more thread and coiling the wrapped thread into shapes. Dual Oracles, two stately five-inch-tall lidded jars, are bedecked with cranelike birds. Parable of the Lion offers a leafy bower decorated with three blue birds, over a meticulously crafted lion powwowing with two other animals.

Nature images also surface in John McQueen's yard-high hookahlike vessel made of bark, sitting on a shelf of woven branches. Nearby is his woven screen of twigs forming honeycomb cells, among which he's created outlines of four shirts hanging on a clothesline.

Old clothes appear in Karyl Sisson's cluster of five caterpillary blobs, one made of woven old zippers studded with spiny clothespins and another suggesting a beached sea slug. Her Self-Portrait, a woven red brainlike shape trailing what could be a spinal cord, ends in a festive tassel.

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