Maryland basket maker, Kathleen Beauchesne, is the president of the Center for Research in Basketry (CRB), a non-profit dedicated to celebrating Maryland’s basket makers and its rich basketry traditions. Beauchesne joins Taylor’s Collective: Antiques Artisans and Art 2016 with exhibits of her handmade baskets for sale.
As part of the Taylor’s Collective, Beauchesne demonstrates basket making at the Collective, teaches basket making classes in Baltimore, lectures on Maryland basketry traditions and culture, appraises and repairs antique baskets as appropriate.
In Maryland, baskets made by families for generations are endangered. CRB works across our state to ensure basket making traditions are not lost forever. CRB’s seeks to unearth this history, encourage cultural/ community collaboration and build excitement about basket making, past and present. The CRB works actively to conserve and preserve basket making as ancient craft and modern art, and to develop and explore the diversity and contributions of basket makers to the arts and culture of urban and rural communities.
Since September 2012, Dr. Beauchesne has been conducting a series of interviews/meetings studying Maryland basketry, history, and traditions for the purpose of research, education, and hands-on learning experiences. The Maryland State Arts Council supports her work, and she is responsible for building a body of knowledge to through a series of basketry events, exhibits and symposia throughout Maryland from 2013 – 2018.