Week 8 – Gail Tremblay’s panel of Indigenous Basket Makers

Out of retirement to teach the first ever class from the new Fiber Arts Studio, Gail Tremblay has assembled a group of master weavers for you!

JOE FEDDERSEN…former Greener faculty member!

Joe Feddersen, who is Okanagan from the Colville Confederated Tribes, lives on the reservation in Omak, Washington. Feddersen is an internationally known printmaker, basket maker, and glass artist who has shown his work around the globe. He received his A.A. from Wenachee College, his B.A. from the University of Washington, and his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He taught art programs, from the early 1990’s until he retired, at the Evergreen State College. He also studied twined basketry traditions with a number of Columbia River Basin-Plateau region, Indigenous basket makers from Eastern Washington and Oregon. His work includes a suite of what he calls his Urban Indian baskets that use designs from things like car and truck tire tracks, electrical towers, parking lot designations, metal fencing structures, maps for house structures in cul-de-sacs, and other forms, objects, and structures that have moved from urban America onto American Indian reservations during the 20th and 21st Many non-Indian viewers often perceive his basket as having traditional Indigenous designs until they read the basket titles and come to see what he is saying about contemporary experiences in the Indigenous community on and off the reservation. He has also created baskets that are narrative in nature and reframe traditional coyote stories to include references to life in contemporary culture, or make references to sayings and phrases about Native American people like, “Not enough Indians and too many Chiefs,” used in U.S. settler culture. These works are visually exciting, playful, and thought-provoking all at the same time. Feddersen, like the other artists on this panel has shown work at and has work in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian and other important museum and private collections, and has helped shape the consciousness of what contemporary Native American Art is like in the art world.

Jeremy  Frey

Terrol Dew Johnson

Lisa Telford