Doris Messick is a Contemporary Basketmaker, workshop leader and writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specializing in the use of natural materials, which she has grown or gathered from the wild.

Exploration of materials, techniques and forms makes
each creation individually creative and, unique. She has taught and exhibited nationally, as well as internationally, since 1982.

Doris has authored chapters in 2 books: "Natural Baskets" published by Storey and Makiniz the "New Baskets" Published by Lark. Her baskets were
featured in "Sky Magazine", Delta's inflight magazine. Magazines and basketry publications have published numerous articles.

Doris is currently working on clay and vine combinations and exploring the use of recycled wire.

Artist's Statement

I find much of the excitement, fun and inspiration for my basketry comes from nature's endless bounty. The forms, colors and textures found 'in my baskets are all reflections of my close relationship with their source. Nests, knotholes and roots draw me in. The play of shadows and light found in the woods where I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is great inspiration.

Their integration is important to me: like weaving together disparate parts of our lives to make a whole.

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