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Susan B. Taylor
From the Heart Baskets
Media: FiberI was first taught basketry by my mother, Mae Taylor. Her forte is ribbed baskets and Nantucket-style baskets. With her help, I learned to make egg baskets, then other kinds of ribbed baskets. From there, I branched into splint basketry and wicker. Today, I weave a variety of basket styles - in many sizes, shapes and colors!
Susan B. Taylor is a native of the coal mining village of Shady Spring, West Virginia. There as a child, she watched her mother Mae weave functional baskets for many years. In 2002, after back surgery limited Mae’s mobility, it was time for Mother to pass to her daughter her precious knowledge of the art of basketweaving. Susan describes that time as “finally coming home”. The combination of fibers and artistry has opened a new avenue of self-discovery for her. Susan’s baskets are known for their quality, attention to detail and visual excitement. A ‘natural’ in 3-dimentional artistry, Susan also enjoys pottery, gourd projects, jewelry making, bead work and woodturning. Susan is currently a member of the National Basketry Organization, the North Carolina Basketweavers Association, the Tennessee Basketry Association, the Blue Ridge Basketmakers Guild, the McDowell Arts Council as well as the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. She lives in Old Fort, North Carolina, where she continues to weave with her mother.