Every 1 2022

NBO Members Exhibition
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Art Evolved: Intertwined

A collaboration between the National Basketry Organization (NBO)
and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

Malle Whitaker

Covid CrowBells
H: 6" each" | W: 2" each" | D: 2" each"

Weaving, twining and knotting using waxed Irish Linen thread
Each vessel contains a small metal jingle bell.

  • Malle Whitaker
Malle Whitaker
Palm Beach FL
I discovered my passion for basketmaking about 20 years ago, weaving traditional, utilitarian forms. My sculptural pieces evolved from my need to "change the pattern a little bit" or add different materials with the reeds. My latest series of waxed linen thread vessels, each containing a jingle bell, was inspired by a crow who left a shiny bell on my balcony in exchange for a forgotten bowl of nuts. I created the closed-form vessels to honor and protect the bell and ... just for fun. When the Covid pandemic struck, my CrowBells lost their bright colors, and I found myself using only shades of white linen thread to weave and twine. Lately my colors have returned, like bits of confetti, and now full burst again!