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SWAIA Indian Market Award Winning
Basket Maker Carol Emarthl
Carol Emarthle-Douglas, a Seminole and Arapaho basket maker artist took second place in the miniature basketry division at the 2010 SWAIA Indian Market. Simultaneously, Carol opened at the Jane Sauer Gallery on August 20, 2010 in a show entitled "Out of Traditions." Watch a video with Jane Sauer talking about the artist.
For those who love baskets, Carol Emarthle-Douglas is a treasure. She captures the richness of Native cultures that have elevated baskets from utility to fine art. She makes baskets in the styles of many nations. They are contemporary, but made with traditional techniques and materials used in the past.
“I am fortunate to be a part of two cultures, Northern Arapaho and Seminole,” says Carol. As a result of her dual heritage, Carol has learned the styles, patterns and colors from Tribes in the Southeast, as well as the Plains. But, she didn’t stop there, her interest in basket techniques have led her to master weavers from the Skokomish, Pomo, Colville and Haida who have shared their skills with her.
Carol uses traditional native materials—cedar bark and cedar roots, bear grass, cornhusks, pine needles, as well as, contemporary materials like commercial reed, hemp, raffia and Irish waxed linen thread. “As a contemporary weaver, I am always looking for ways to add new colors and textures to a basket,” says Carol.
“I like to see if cedar will work with waxed linen thread, or if cornhusk with work with reed,” says Carol. “I also like to challenge myself to see if a certain picture or design will work on a basket that I am creating. I look for inspiration in any design that catches my eye, whether it is the design on a powwow dancers dress, a design on pottery, jewelry, or in everyday life such as a landscape or even modern architecture. I am constantly looking for new designs to challenge me.”
“Basket weaving is a very time consuming art,” says Carol. “People that do it must be dedicated because it is not easy to mass-produce baskets. The traditional materials are getting harder to find and gather, but by learning new techniques and incorporating contemporary materials we can perpetuate and promote the art of Native American basketry.”
Autry National Center, “A Living Tradition” The Art of the
Native American Basketry, Los Angeles, CA
Montclair Museum, Newark, NJ – The Rand Gallery of
Native American Art
Michigan State University, "Carriers of Culture" Living
Museum of Art & Design, NY-Changing Hands II Art
Without Reservation, Contemporary Native North
American Art for the West, Northwest & Pacific
Opening Night, Friday, August 20, 2010
Carol (second from left) with her family, husband, mother, and children
Carol Emarthle-Douglas's Complete Resume
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