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About the Artist

ARTIST STATEMENT


Some of my earliest memories are of my mom creating beadwork and my dad making things from wood in his shop. From a very young age I was taught an appreciation of handmade objects. I enjoy the challenge of patiently working on a basket and figuring out how to solve challenges along the path to completing it.

In 2001 I founded a fair trade project designed to support weavers and their families in rural Africa. I still work at Baskets of Africa every day, it’s my passion to work with weavers and baskets from across Africa.

But I also enjoy creating my own baskets in my personal style. I’m developing a language in basketry, sometimes whimsical and at other times serious, to convey my impressions of places, things, people, concepts and miscellany.

My material of choice is waxed flax linen thread because it’s a tiny material that allows me to execute very complex designs in a small basket. I enjoy creating the diminutive structures and shapes of a basket with these complicated combinations of designs. My favorite techniques to use are twining, reverse twining and 3 or 4 rod wale. Weaving baskets from waxed linen thread can take weeks or even months to complete one piece.

I also enjoy weaving with reed because it’s another natural material that can be woven using similar techniques to twining. I can learn new techniques which will sometimes translate well in waxed linen. When using reed, I can make larger baskets rapidly which affords me a quick sense of accomplishment.

Cael Chappell
Basket Maker

JURIED EXHIBITIONS


2020

“Emerging Artists”, Fiber Art Network, Printed in Fiber Art Now Magazine

“Members in Print 2”, National Basketry Organization, Printed in Basketry+ Magazine

“Small Expressions”, Handweavers Guild of America (HGA), Traveling to Multiple Locations

“Yarn, Rope, String”, Fiber Art Network, Printed in Fiber Art Now Magazine

“Craft Nouveau: An International Fine Craft Competition”, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

“RIGHT TO VOTE!”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2019

“Twisting Fibers: An Art for All Reasons”, Art League Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI

“Fiber Arts Fiesta” Biennial, Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Albuquerque, NM

“Basketry Now: 10thAnniversary Exhibition”, National Basketry Organization, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY

 

PUBLICATIONS


2020

Basketry+ Magazine, National Basketry Organization

Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Magazine, Handweavers Guild of America (HGA)

Fiber Art Now Magazine, Fiber Art Network (twice)

“Craft Nouveau”, Exhibition Catalog

Thimble Collectors International, Spring 2020 Bulletin

Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild, May 2020 Newsletter

North West Basket Weavers Guild, September 2020 Newsletter

2019

Salann Magazine, First Edition

“Basketry Now”, Exhibition Catalog, National Basketry Organization

“Heritage Crafts & Skills:  Basketry” by Lynn Huggins-Cooper

 

SHOWS (Non Juried)


2020

“Fiber Play” Virtual Spring Show, Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, Albuquerque, NM

2019

“More Basketry: Celebrating Our Community”, National Basketry Organization, Bowling Green, KY

“A Week’s Work”, National Basketry Organization, Bowling Green, KY

2018  

“Miniature and Small Works”, The Gallery ABQ, Albuquerque, NM

“Open Studio Tour & Auction”, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

 

ADDITIONAL HONORS


2020

North West Basket Weavers Guild, Guest Speaker, Seattle WA

National Basketry Organization, Membership Committee

Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild, Guest Speaker, Albuquerque, NM

Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, Guest Speaker, Portland, OR

National Basketry Organization, Online Programming Group

2019

1st Place, Judges’ Choice, Best of Show,  “Weaving & Spinning”, 12th Biennial Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

2018

2ndPlace, “Miniature and Small Works”, The Gallery ABQ, Albuquerque, NM

 

EDUCATION


2020

I was able to sit and learn from basket weavers in Africa: Uganda and Kenya.

2019

National Basketry Organization Biennial Conference, “Japanese Basketry Techniques”, Flo Hoppe

2018

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Fiber/Baskets, “New Uses for an Ancient Technique”, Lois Russell