One of the largest in the US, RAM’s contemporary basket collection forms a major portion of its works of fiber art. A substantial gift from Karen Johnson Boyd helped RAM establish this comprehensive body of modern baskets. It represents at least 25 major artists who work with fiber, including Lillian Elliot, John McQueen, Leon Niehues and Kay Sekimachi. These artists used both natural and industrial materials to create the works in RAM’s collection, in addition to techniques such as looping, knotting, and papermaking.
RAM is also seeking to document leading figures and techniques in the Art Fabric movement, incorporating tapestries, wall hangings, quilts, and wearable art in its collection.
Below is a sample of RAM’s growing fiber collection.