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About the Artist


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 2002 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



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

“Fantastic Fibers!”, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

“Craft Boston: Fiber Stories”, Boston, MA


“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


“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




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

Albuquerque Journal Newspaper


Basketry+ Magazine, National Basketry Organization

Fiber Art Now Magazine, Fiber Art Network (twice)

“Craft Nouveau”, Exhibition Catalog

Thimble Collectors International, Spring 2020 Bulletin


Salann Magazine, First Edition

“Basketry Now”, Exhibition Catalog, National Basketry Organization

“Heritage Crafts & Skills:  Basketry” by Lynn Huggins-Cooper (publication unknown)




National Basketry Organization, Board of Directors

WARP – Weave A Real Peace, Board of Directors

Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild, Board of Directors

Handweavers Guild of America, Spinning & Weaving Week Thread Talk, Nationwide

Basketmakers of Victoria, Online Workshops, Australia

“Craft Boston: Fiber Stories”, Featured Artist Demo & Talk, Nationwide

FiberGuild, Guest Speaker, Greenville, DE

Misti Washington Guild, Guest Speaker, San Diego, CA

North West Basket Weavers Guild, Guest Speaker, Seattle, WA

Bay Area Basket Makers, Guest Speaker, San Francisco, CA


Weave A Real Peace (WARP), Guest Speaker, Nationwide

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

New Mexico Bead Society, Guest Speaker, Albuquerque, NM

National Basketry Organization, Online Programming Group


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

New Mexico Bead Society, Guest Speaker, Albuquerque, NM


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




Learning from basket weavers on a trip to Africa: Uganda and Kenya.


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


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