Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn weaves baskets using wood pulp paper infused with reproductions of historical manuscripts and photographs. She labels her work as traditional contemporary addressing human rights issues hat affect today’s native Indians. In an aritcle on the Indian Country Today Media Network she says this about her work:
“While my work may invite controversy, my intent is to invite dialogue as a result of that controversy. The reason this works is that people are intrigued by the traditional shapes, colors, and patterns and become interested in learning more about what the basket has to say.”
“There’s an old saying that civilization is judged by the art it leaves behind. These paper baskets will last up to 200 years under the right conditions, but they’re not about longevity, they’re about creating dialogue now, engaging the viewer to lean in, see the piece, and understand some of the issues continuing to affect us today. Some people say, ‘get over it, that was 200 years ago,’ but these issues are still relevant in today’s society.”
You can follow the artist on her website, blog and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Shan Goshorn.
Himo Art was founded by Japanese self-taught artist, May Sterchi, after discovering a newfound love for interior design. The San Diego-based designer uses calligraphy to inspire her hand crafted weavings and rope work. Some of her pieces can be found at Urban Outfitters where she was featured in their blog. You can follow Himo Art on Facebook and purchase her designs on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Himo Art.
Ruby Berry is a Canberra-based textile artist who uses natural materials and traditional
processes to create sculptural textile works. She says this about her practice on an interview with Lip Magazine:
“My practice is about exploring how I can bring traditional textile materials and processes into the contemporary art world. My making revolves around traditional techniques, hand spinning and weaving, and transforming these techniques into sculptural art forms. I have recently begun experimenting with sensory work, exploring sight, smell and touch to create interactive and engaging spaces. My recent work looks at how I could evoke a sense of protection and comfort through textile associations and sensory engagement.”
You can find Ruby Berry on Facebook and follow her blog on Tumblr.
Images: Courtesy of Ruby Berry.