JoAnne Russo - Maker of the Week

Monday 17 October 2011

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JoAnne Russo earned a degree in fine arts from the University of New Hampshire and subsequently studied with Raymond Weare, the last of Maine's Mount Agamenticus basketmakers. He taught her how to prepare ash splints from white and black ash trees. She has been working full-time on her own since 1984.

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In 1998, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts purchased one of her porcupine baskets for their permanent art collection and in 2007 a second basket was purchased. One of the oldest and most prestigious museums in America, the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, announced in 1999 that they would be purchasing one of JoAnne's baskets for their permanent collection. Since then her baskets have been acquired by many other museums in the country.

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Her work has been exhibited at the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Snyderman-Works Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has won major awards at the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the American Craft Exposition in Evanston, Illinois and her work has been featured nationally in major trade publications and books.

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CONTACT DETAILS

Email: suki@vermontel.net

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Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Bell Flower Frond' black ash splint, beads, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY RACHEL PORTESI)

2. 'Frond' black ash splint, beads, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY RACHEL PORTESI)

3. 'Red Pod' black ash splint, hooks and eyes, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF BAIRD)

4. 'Teapot' black ash splint, beads, zipper, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF BAIRD)

5. 'Tripod' black ash splint, beads, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY RACHEL PORTESI)

6. 'Vessel Virgins' black ash splint, carpet tacks, waxed linen thread and paper cord (PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF BAIRD)