Sunday, September 23, 2018

Baskets, baskets and more baskets.

Aaron Yakim and Cynthia Taylor white oak ribbed baskets
via Instagram

I need to find a better place to display my Aaron Yakim and Cynthia Taylor white oak ribbed baskets than just stacking them.

Cynthia Taylor White Oak Ribbed Basket

Egg Basket with Side Handles, #98-18
15" x 13" x 6"
Cynthia Taylor

Like many baskets this one has had an interesting journey. Cynthia Taylor wove this incredible white oak ribbed basket in 1998, it was the 18th she had made that year (#98-18). The following year it was exhibited in the 1999 West Virginia Juried Exhibition and received a Merit Award. Not long after it was purchased by a collector from Boston, MA. Flash forward to April of 2006, while clicking around ebay I came across an estate sale auction. As soon as I saw the basket I knew it was one of Cynthia's. Fortunately I won the auction and it is one of my prize finds. And finally to complete the odd series of events surrounding this basket, a few months after receiving the basket Cynthia Taylor contacted me out of the blue to say she and Aaron Yakim were going to be in St. Louis visiting family and would I want to meet. Of course I said "yes" and took the basket with me, where to all of our surprise we pieced together the journey of this basket.

Aaron Yakim White Oak Ribbed Basket

Kentucky Egg Basket
13" x 9"
Aaron Yakim
This basket is from West Virginia fiber artist Aaron Yakim. Aaron and his partner Cynthia Taylor work in white oak and give a new twist to traditional Appalachian basket forms. Aaron learned to make white oak baskets in the late 1970's from a fifth generation white oak basketmaker. He is credited with making over 2,000 baskets in the past 20 years. I have hardly made 200 in the past 20!

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