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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Fiber: Birch Bark Basket #2001-2
Dona Look

Dona Look

(born Port Washington, WI 1948)

"In weaving and sewing white birch bark into symmetric forms, I am reminded of the material's preciousness, our interdependence, and the pattern and harmony in the web of our relationships with nature." The artist, quoted in "The White House Collection of American Crafts," 1995

Dona Look grew up in Wisconsin and received her undergraduate degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. She taught art in elementary school and continued to teach after she moved to Australia in 1976. While there, Look developed a passion for spinning and weaving, and became involved in the local craft community. She returned to the States in 1980 and settled in Algoma, Wisconsin, with her husband, jewelry artist Ken Loeber. They worked collaboratively for several years until Look began to focus solely on basketmaking. Initially she used sewing and weaving to fashion unusually shaped vessels but now creates symmetrical white birch bark baskets inspired by nature, memories, and her imagination. Look views her creations as an extension of nature and as a way to remind people of the importance of preserving the environment.

Image Credits: Image courtesy of the artist