Porkypine Basket

  • Edith Bondie, Porkypine Basket, 1975, woven black ash, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.135A-B

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.

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
Title
Porkypine Basket
Artist
Date
1975
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 788 12 in. (20.021.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
woven black ash
Classifications
Object Number
1975.135A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
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