Woven Ceremonial Basket
1965 Ed Rossbach Born: Chicago, Illinois 1914 Died: Berkeley, California 2002 fiber 2 x 12 3/4 x 4 in. (5.1 x 32.4 x 10.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2001.71.4 Not currently on view
Luce Center Quote
“I like to do things that are absolutely technically perfect and I like to do things that look as though a child made them.” Ed Rossbach, quoted in 40 Years of Exploration…, 1990
Luce Center Label
In the mid-1960s, Ed Rossbach took some time away from weaving wall hangings to explore different “off-loom” fiber projects. He tried coiling baskets, wrapping lampshade frames in raffia, and even macramé. Christmas Basket was woven from gift-wrap ribbon and incorporates plastic holly berries and leaves as well as cloth poinsettia petals.
decorative arts - fiber
Crafts - Fiber