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Rooted, Revived, Reinvented:
Basketry in America
Kristin Schwain, Josephine Stealey
• A cultural history of American basketry, from its utilitarian origins to the fine art world
• Ten contributing authors examine historical, cultural, and aesthetic trends in American basketry
• Nearly 250 images present a history and expansive survey of the contemporary scene
This book unfolds a history of American basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave
communities to its contemporary presence in the fine art world. Ten contributing authors from different areas
of expertise, plus over 250 photos, insightfully show how baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection
of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. Accompanying
a museum exhibition of the same name, the book illustrates how the processes of industrialization changed the
audiences, materials, and uses for basketry. It also surveys the visual landscape of basketry today; while some
contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries, others combine age-old
techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. This comprehensive treasury will be
of vital interest to artists, collectors, curators, and historians of American basketry, textiles, and sculpture.
Kristin Schwain
is associate professor of American Art, History, and Culture at the University of Missouri.
Josephine Stealey
is a nationally recognized artist, curator, and professor of Art at the University of Missouri.
Size: 8 1/2" × 11" • 248 color & b/w images • 208 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5373-4 • hard cover • $39.99
AVAILABLE IN August
other books you may enjoy!
Award-Winning Basket Designs: Techniques and
Patterns for All Levels,
978-0-7643-4971-3, $24.99
• Basket Inspiration: For Makers & Collectors,
978-0-7643-3468-9, $34.99
• Ply-Split Braided Baskets: Exploring Sculpture
in Plain Oblique Twining,
978-0-7643-4652-1, $24.99
Swept Away:
The Vanishing Art of BroomMaking
Karen Hobbs
• The story of broomcorn and broom art in the US and a do-it-yourself section
• History of broomcorn cultivation, gallery of broom art, and—step by step—how to create brooms
• Complete with broom lore and a broom-themed dessert recipe
Since Ben Franklin brought broomcorn to America from Egypt in 1790, the humble kitchen broom has
been an integral part of our daily lives. Discover the rich and colorful history of the American broomcorn
industry, learn how broomcorn is grown, harvested, and dyed, and, following easy step-by-step instructions
with photographs and illustrations, make your own broom using one of the seven different broom patterns
provided, including Kitchen, Hearth, Cobweb, Turkey Wing Whisk, and Angel Whisk brooms. More than
150masterpieces by America’s most talented artistic broommakers appear in the gallery section and feature
a surprisingly diverse and colorful array of handles and stalks. Entertain yourself with broom lore and
superstitions, discover proper care methods to get the most out of your broom, quickly learn all the broom
terms you need in the glossary, and also find a recipe for Broomstick Cake!
Karen Hobbs
teaches broom making, gourding, and basketry at conventions and retreats around the US.
She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Cisco, and their rescue dogs, Layla and Ivy.
Size: 8 1/2" × 11" • 329 color & b/w images • 112 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5445-8 • soft cover • $24.99
AVAILABLE IN December
other books you may enjoy!
Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed,
978-0-7643-5358-1, $45.00
• Heritage Crochet in a New Light: Enriching Your
Designs with Heirloom Lace Techniques,
978-0-7643-5347-5, $16.99
• Earth Basketry 2nd Edition: Weaving Containers
with Nature’s Materials,
978-0-7643-5343-7, $16.99
early praise
“Makes you feel like you want to start making a broom
or two right away . . . . Sweeping floors and cobwebs may
actually become a happy task with your own beautiful
handmade brooms.”
—Flo Hoppe, author of
Wicker Basketry
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