Form, Space and Spirit - A Statement

I am a maker of objects. I have chosen basketry as my vehicle because it allows me the greatest freedom to work with color and pattern in a rigid form. Baskets are my way to make a personal difference in a vast, often impersonal,
computerized world.

Architecture has always been an inspiration; the strength and simplicity of Japanese courtyard gardens and the color and intimacy of English cottage gardens. Many of these pieces begin with an open grid and are double walled. Noises can be heard from inside the walls of many of these, when the baskets are handled.

The textural pieces were inspired in an informal English aviary. My intention was to recreate a bird's nest. This surface technique was achieved by weaving hundreds of short protruding pieces into the structure of the basket. When these pieces cross, they blend together to create subtle painterly effects.

In Japan, I found the tea ceremony epitomized one culture's respect for
taking time to pay attention to detail and for their appreciation of subtlety. My baskets have changing design elements - both inside and out. My intention is to involve the viewer through the discovery of these, as they look at the basket.

I use a weaving technique where five strands of rattan are woven sequentially to create the "fabric" of the walls and a form of tapestry to weave in the specific designs. To imply a sense of weight and solidity, often I weave the top edge back in toward the center. To further suggest a sense of weight, both actual and implied, I developed the double walled construction. I enjoy this, because in making vessels, I am drawing on my training as a potter.

In keeping with my Norwegian heritage, I work in subdued palettes of warm
oranges reds and gold, purples, blues and blue greens, and neutral
shades of dark grey and taupe. I use fiber reactive, color fast dyes on the reed
so that care and cleaning of the baskets is not a problem.

Biography - Honors

1973 to date - Supporting myself through the sale of my work and through teaching workshops (Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, University of Wisconsin,etc.)

2002, 1991-1993 Award for Excellence in Basketry, Society of Connecticut Craftsmen

2000 Authored The Art of Basketry, Sterling/Chapelle Publishers Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC Judge and Featured Artist, Northeast Basketmakers Guild Biennial Exhibition

2000, 1991 Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Artist Fellowship Grant, Major Project Grant

1996 Loan, U.S. Ambassador David Rawson, Bamako, Mali, Art in Embassies Program Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL

1994 Award for Body of Work in Fiber, Chester Springs Studio, Yellow Springs,PA

1990, 89 Award for Excellence, Washington Craft Expo, Washington, DC

1987 Designated as Master Craftswoman by the Society of Connecticut Craftsman

1985 American Craft Museum Design Award, Designed and Made for Use Competition

1981 Award for Excellence and Craftsmanship, Philadelphia Craft Show, Phildelphia, PA Residency at Artpark, Lewiston, NY

1980 Chaired the Connecticut Council for the Crafts

1977 Grant to explore basketry techniques, Connecticut Commission on the Arts

1972 B.F.A. from Syracuse University (majors in ceramics and textiles) Attended Handarbetets Vanner, weaving school, Stockholm, Sweden Apprenticed Marie Triller, tapestry artist, Dannemora, Sweden

1971 Attended the University of Oslo, Norway to study Norwegian Crafts
Selected Public Collections

2002 Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2002, 1999 Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

2002, 1992 Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2001, 1975 Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1997 Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

1995 U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

1994 Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT

1993 White House Collection of American Craft, Washington, DC

1992 MCI Corporation, Washington, DC Selected Recent Mixed Media Exhibitions

2002 Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT - Yale Collects Art: Gifts from Robyn and John Horn Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Fiber Survey 2002

2001 American Craft Museum, NY, NY - Objects for Use - Handmade by Design R. Duane Reed, St Louis, MO - Diversity + Exploration: New Forms in Wood

2000 Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI Who Knows Where or When: Arts Interpret Geography & Time browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT - Scandinavian Artists CT Commission on the Arts, Hartford, CT - Fellowship Artist
Exhibit Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK - Living With Form

1999 gallery W.D.O., Charlotte, NC - Three person show Selected Recent Solo and Group Basket Exhibitions

2003 Yeiser Art Center + The National Basketry
Organization, Paducah, KY - Baskets Now 2003

2002 Ironwood Gallery, Ridgefield, CT - One Person Exhibition Brookfield Craft Center, CT- Other Materials Other Forms: Exploring Contemporary Basketry Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA - New Baskets New Hampshire Institute of Art - Basketry Today,
A World of New Methods, New Materials Fine Eye Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA - A Tribute
to Objects for Use

2002,99,98 Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Contemporary Baskets

2002, 97 Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH - From the Indigenous to the Outrageous: Contemporary American Baskets and Contemporary Art Baskets

2002, 95 Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR - Baskets Now: USA and The New Basket

The Art of Basketry
by Kari Lonning (Paperback - March 2002)

The White House Collection of American Crafts
by Michael W. Monroe, et al (Hardcover - April 1995)

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