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South Florida Basket And Fiber Guild Welcomes You To Meet Emily Dvorin, Innovative Fiber Artist

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild invites the public to their January 6, 2016 meeting that will feature award-winning contemporary fiber artist, Emily Dvorin, known for her innovative, “transordinary” vessels that turn recognizable household objects and urban materials into visual comments on daily life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries across the country, receiving many awards and honors. Emily is the current president of the National Basketry Organization.  Guild meetings are held at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.   A Meet and Greet begins at 9:00am, followed by a short business meeting. Emily’s presentation “Transordinary Vessels will start at 10:00.  The Rickie Report shares the details and promises you an extraordinary experience with this group of talented artists!




South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild


Features Contemporary Fiber Artist, Emily Dvorin



Monthly General Meeting


 January 6, 2016       9 am

Emily Will Give A Demo






Emily Will Teach a 2 Day Workshop,

 “Approaching Basketry”

January 7 & 8, 2016



All Events Take Place at



Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue     West Palm Beach, Florida 33401







Emily Dvorin, Contemporary Fiber Artist





Creations by Emily Dvorin (Photo Courtesy of her website)




Emily tells The Rickie Report, “I call myself a sculptural basketmaker. I am known for my innovative, “transordinary” vessels. Challenging the original definition of basketry, I explore contemporary interpretations of this traditional craft, utilizing non-traditional materials. I transform the ordinary through the processes of manipulation, construction, alteration, repetition of singular elements, coiling, weaving and assembling to create dense arrangements of common, urban objects. I sculpt with fiber and interact with material, pattern, color, design, shape and texture.”



Growing up in New Jersey in the 50s,, Emily Dvorin was told that her creativity and artistic approach were “cute”. A sea kelp basket workshop in the early 80s changed her life forever: she realized that basketry and three-dimensional work were what she truly loved. Largely self-taught, Emily began offering workshops the 90s and in the early 2000s brought basketry classes to elementary and high school classrooms. In 2008, after owning and operating a contemporary craft store for 35 years, and enabling other artists to gain wider audience and appreciation for their work, Emily retired to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California. She continues to teach classes for both adults and children, and she speaks, consults and exhibits all around the country. This year she became president of the National Basketry Organization.
Emily’s presentation for the guild, TRANSORDINARY VESSELS, will highlight her work as a sculptural basketmaker using materials from the hardware store, cable ties and other found objects to create whimsical and imaginative art pieces




Emily will also be giving a 2 day workshop, APPROACHING BASKETRY, on Thursday and Friday, Jan 7 – 8, 2016. Through a hands-on approach to many basketry techniques we will explore process, structure, design and surface texture while experimenting with a variety of materials. Beginners and experienced artists alike will enjoy this unique look into contemporary basketry.




Members will receive registration preference, however, a limited number of seats may be available for the public beginning Dec. 16th. For workshop information contact Erica Howat at


About South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild:

The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild was formed in January 2013 by a dozen enthusiastic fiber artists and enthusiasts from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our purpose is to inspire interest and creativity in basketry and the fiber arts among both emerging and seasoned artists through networking, educational programs and exhibition opportunities.  Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Anyone with an interest in basketry and the fiber arts is welcome to join us.  Meeting details including topics/speakers and the membership form are available on our website.




For more information about the South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild please visit:





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