Sylvia White Baskets

 

Artist Statement

Though I have been making baskets for many years, in the last ten I have been stimulated by the color, texture and flexibility of industrial material. My interest has been reinforced by my curiosity. How could these materials be shaped into artistic pieces that are worth saving, rather than being more pieces of junk to be thrown away? I haunt places that might have metals, strapping tape, pipe fittings, wire, cans, computer parts, and paper. I have learned many new techniques of preparing materials for weaving. Simply handling and exploring these cast-offs leads me to experiment with new concepts for vessels and wall hangings. Mostly, I think the material "speaks to me: in some way, giving me an inspiration for its ultimate shape.


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Sylvia White's fascination with woven materials was sparked by living in Africa during the 1960's and 70's. Her recent vessels and wall hangings feature the use of metals, including copper and aluminum, aluminum cans in conjunction with plastics, wire, computer parts, and paper in its various forms.

In England, White studied with teachers who emphasized the use of recycled materials. She also studied a variety of techniques in the U.S. with nationally recognized basket makers. Over the years, White has given demonstrations and taught basketry classes at weaving conferences, Coupeville Arts Center in Washington, the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Illinois, and in her studio in Los Angeles and Port Townsend, Washington.

Solo Exhibitions:

2007 Miles of Mylar: Courtyard Gallery, Port Townsend, WA 

2002  Contemporary Baskets: Exploring Materials, Franklin Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

Recent Juried and Invitational Shows:

2007  "Beyond Basketry 2008". The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH

2007  "Interwoven: Contemporary Baskets”. Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2007  Third National Fiber Arts Show. Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA

2007  "Vessels". (Eric Swangstu, Juror), Northwind Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, WA
2007  Sequim Arts, Sequim Arts Alliance, Sequim WA

2007  "Strait Art 2007: Home is Where the Heart Is". Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

2006  Compu-Bytes & Pieces, Depot Art Center, Anacortes

2006  Basketry: Northwest Connections, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

2006  Northwest Basketry Exhibit, Museo Gallery, Langley WA

2006  The Art of Recycling, Snohomish Arts Council, Everett, WA

2006  Sequim Arts, Sequim Arts Allianc , Sequim, WA

2006  International Fiber Celebration, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2006  Recreate, Recycle, Renew, Kirkland City Hall, Kirkland, WA

2006  Alchemy of the Abstract, Jefferson Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

2005  Small Expressions IV (Cheryl Hahn, Juror)  Jefferson Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

2005  Invitational Recycled Art Show, "The RE Show", Ballard, WA

2004  Art Port Townsend, (Jake Seniuk, Juror), Port Townsend, WA

2004  Sequim Arts, Sequim Arts Alliance, Sequim, WA

2004  3rd Recycled Art Show, (Marita Dingus, Juror), Arts Ballard, Ballard, WA

2004  Art at the Port, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA

2004  Small Expressions III, ( Mike McCollum, Juror) Jefferson Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

2003  Sequim Arts, Sequim Arts Alliance, Sequim, WA

 

Awards:

2005  Vogel Memorial Award, Sequim Arts, Sequim Arts Alliance, Sequim, WA

2004  First Place Sculpture, Third Place Sculpture, Senior Art Show, Clallam Art League, Port Angeles, WA

2004  Honorable Mention, North Kitsap Arts & Crafts Show, Port Gamble, WA

Gallery Representation:

2006  Port Townsend Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

2003  Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995-2002  Franklin Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

1996-1997  The Bird's Nest, Port Townsend, WA

1996-1999  Potlatch Gallery, Poulsbo, WA

1996-1997  The Art Stop, Tacoma, WA

Curation:

2007  RE/Vision: Art from Recycled Materials, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

2004  "Fabrications; Stretching the Boundaries of Fiber Arts", Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

2002  "Fiber 2002", Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

Bibliography:

2006  500 Baskets, Susan M. Kieffer, Ed., Lark Press

2001  Gourd Pyrography, Jim Widess, Sterling Press

2000  Making the New Baskets, Jane La Ferla, Lark Press

Press:

2007  RE/Vision: Art from Recycled Materials, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

2006  Compu-Bytes & Pieces, Depot Art Center, Anacortes

2006  Kirkland Recycled Art Show Brochure and Kirkland News

2006  Peninsula Lifestyle, Winter/Spring 2006

"New Faces, Sylvia White". National Basketry Organization Newsletter.

RE Show "Still Making Baskets Hand Over Fist", Jefferson Heathcare News.

Teaching Experience:

2005  Baskets from the Recycle Bin, Coupeville Art Center, Coupeville, WA

2004  Four Basic Basket Techniques, Studio, Port Townsend, WA

2000  Gourd Pyrography Illinois Gourd Society Show, Chicago, IL

1990-1997  Beginning and Intermediate Basketry, Port Townsend, WA & Los Angeles, CA

 

Sylvia White Baskets, all rights reserved, 2007.