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NBO Members Exhibition
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Art Evolved: Intertwined

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

George Fitzpatrick

Five Wall Pockets
H: 28" | W: 22" | D: 5"

Coconut tree leaf midribs formed a foundation for plaiting coconut leaflets into vessels that can be hung on vertical surfaces.

  • Artist
George Fitzpatrick
Miami Springs Florida
George Fitzpatrick is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. His developing interest in basketry has been an outgrowth of an academic career, spanning over 3 decades, of teaching and research on how plants can be used to improve the human environment. Fitzpatrick’s involvement in economic botany, plant-people interactions and the material culture of preindustrial societies led to his growing interest in ethnobotany in general and natural fiber weaving in particular, which eventually gave rise to his developing a parallel career as a fiber artist specializing in the weaving of baskets and sculptural vessels from natural plant materials.