Katherine Rackliff - Basketry

KATHERINE RACKLIFF weaves because she loves to.  She began to weave Cherokee baskets in the late '90’s.  Being self-taught and seeking further knowledge of traditional Cherokee weaving she traveled and studied Southeast Native American arts.

While able to reproduce ancient and traditional style basketry, she also has a brilliant contemporary flair that has been honored with awards from numerous museum art shows for both styles. She is the originator of the “Hiding Turtle” pattern, which is a unique design used in her weaving.

Katherine expresses her love of the earth by working with common and traditional medium as she gathers and hand processes each and every honeysuckle vine used for weaving and to add color, she makes natural dyes from various plants and walnuts. The rawness and the taming of the vine equals the evolving creativity within Katherine, herself.

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