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Porkypine Basket

1975 Edith Bondie Born: Mikado, Michigan 1918 Died: Hubbard Lake, Michigan 2005 woven black ash 7 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. (20.0 x 21.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.135A-B Not currently on view


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"You know that ocean fish that blows itself up a lot---the blow fish? It looks like a big balloon with lots of needles all over it. Well, that's what the baskets are supposed to look like." Edith Bondie, in Kamuda, Hands Across Michigan: Tradition Bearers, 1993

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Edith Bondie is known for her "porkypine" or blowfish baskets, which have bulging surfaces covered with small triangles of folded wood. She weaves entirely by hand, using thin fibers of black ash that have been peeled from larger strips. This basket is hardly useful for carrying or storing things, because the spiky texture discourages us from touching its surface. A normally utilitarian object becomes, in Bondie's hands, an animal sculpture, evoking the raised quills of a porcupine, the puffed scales of a blowfish, or the poisonous spines of a sea urchin.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ash

About Edith Bondie

Born: Mikado, Michigan 1918 Died: Hubbard Lake, Michigan 2005