Bead International 2008 and Beyond Basketry

Edited by Andrea R. Lewis

“From the tiniest to the most monumental, the baskets included in this exhibition are something to see.... The volume is well designed, capitalizing on generous white space to highlight photographs.”

Ohioana Quarterly

This unique book combines two catalogs in one. Bead International 2008 and Beyond Basketry represents the best of two juried exhibitions held at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.

Beads have long been worn as jewelry, but in Bead International 2008 contemporary bead artists are shaking things up. From fine jewelry to loom weaving to sculpture, the sixty-eight pieces by fifty-one artists in this collection represent some of the most innovative and well-executed art in the modern beading world. Considering any pierced object to be a bead, pieces range in style from the traditional to the whimsical as they incorporate a variety of colors and materials. This vibrant collection will spark the reader’s creativity and broaden his or her perspective.

When the age-old art form of basketry is combined with contemporary visions and techniques, the result is the striking Beyond Basketry, a collection of sixty-five artworks created by forty-two artists from across the United States. The artworks represented in these beautiful color photographs will challenge the reader’s ideas of what constitutes a basket. All artworks are vessels made of woven materials, but the pieces explore a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and techniques.

Andrea R. Lewis is the executive director of the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.

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Release date: May 2008
≅ 152 pages