Expansion and Containment: Shaping Space through Contemporary Basketry

Victoria Mitchell (Norwich University College of the Arts)

Expansion and Containment: Shaping Space through Contemporary Basketry

Drawing on evidence ranging from ethno-archaeology to biomimetics, contemporary basketry can be seen as fundamental to a range of contexts and applications ‘beyond the basket’.  In particular, basketry lends itself to innovative, ingenious and versatile solutions to the shaping of space, whether for specific functions or expressive effects.  An expanded notion of basketry might include drawing, performance, engineering, digital technology and fashion design as well as more familiar variations of art and craft. In articulating basketry as a prototypical process which intersects with a range of disciplines and contexts it becomes apparent that rather than being a modest craft with a finite future, basketry is endlessly adaptable and transformative, to be returned to again and again from a variety of cultural perspectives. It may even shed light on what is meant by a cultural perspective. 

 





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