Arrowmont is a special community full of creative people – a family who know that coming together and making art is important. We talk a lot about the Arrowmont Experience – connecting through craft and community. That connection exists beyond physical proximity. It is in shared memories and new ideas. It lives in the friendships we make with each other. It grows when we learn and support one another.
Whether on campus or off, we are connected as members of the Arrowmont family. Over the next few weeks, we are going to share stories from our community of instructors, residents, and students in a new series, Arrowmont Connections.
Sasha Baskin is a 2018-19 Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence. Her weaving and drawing work explores the intersection of craft and classical rendering. She uses traditional weaving and lace making processes in combination with source imagery from reality television to address the intersections between analog and digital technologies. Trained in classical drawing, Baskin received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and worked as a portrait artist for several years. Transitioning to craft and studying weaving, natural dyes, and ikat dye resist processes, she received her MFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Sasha lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
Following the conclusion of her Arrowmont residency, Sasha received the Trabue Professional Scholarship for Women to pursue her digital weaving research at the Jacquard Center in Hendersonville, NC, and the opportunity to present her work at the 2019 College Art Association conference.
Like many artists in the Arrowmont community, Sasha had a full year planned with exhibitions, workshops and other arts events. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, she joined with fellow creatives in relocating her work and interactions online. Sasha found the bright side of making these unexpected changes.
She wrote, “I’m so moved by the way that arts communities are coming together in this wild world of remote learning and social distancing. While a lot of opportunities I was really looking forward to have been cancelled or postponed, the online realm has opened up workshops, artist talks, and educational resources to people all over the world and the engagement has been remarkable. I led an artist talk on instagram live for a recent 2 person exhibition despite the fact that the exhibition is physically in Florida, my family in my hometown of Connecticut were able to log in and participate!”
Sasha is exhibiting in the IS Projects Virtual Exhibition, a two person exhibition with Christina Humphreys called The Mechanical Bride. Sasha said, “This exhibition went up right before the shut down and has now been extended and built into a virtual tour! Several of the pieces in this show were created during my residency at Arrowmont.”
She is also part of the Silvermine Art Center Fiber 2020 Exhibition, an exhibition of Fiber work curated by the Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. “The exhibition went up right at the start of the shutdown and has now moved online,” said Sasha. “Check out the catalog here. I finished the piece in this show at the start of my Arrowmont Residency!”
Sasha is also contributing her work and skills to two endeavors this week: High Frequency Benefit Auction, an online auction benefitting artists and the Washington Project for the Arts, and a pay-what-you-can online class, Online Bobbin Lace Workshop.
HIGH FREQUENCY: a benefit for artists and WPA takes place June 4 – 18, 2020. Hosted online in partnership with Artsy, the auction replaces WPA’s ‘Collector’s Night’ and features works by over 90 artists. Auction proceeds will be split equally between participating artists and WPA.
Sasha first learned lacemaking during her residency at Arrowmont and first taught lacemaking as a Community Class last year. She shares her knowledge in an online workshop for beginners with IS Projects June 10, 2020, 6-8 pm EST. The workshop is priced ‘pay as you can’ to ensure that participants are able to join while still supporting Sasha and the employees of IS Projects.
In the workshop, you will:
“Learn the basics of the art of bobbin lace! Learn the the basics of the whole stitch and make delicate designs. Start with a simple strip of lace that can become a beautiful patch, applique, or decorative edging to a piece of fabric and learn how to make more complex and curved designs.
Join our guest instructor, Sasha Baskin, in this virtual workshop, hosted on zoom. For all our online classes, participants will be sent an email after signing up detailing how to join the workshop. Materials are listed below and should be sourced by participants beforehand.“
Visit https://www.isprojectsfl.com/workshops/bobbin-lace-online to sign up for the workshop.
Sasha Baskin’s website: https://www.sashabaskin.com/
Sasha Baskin Arrowmont Connections profile: https://www.arrowmont.org/instructor/sasha-baskin-connections/
Arrowmont Showcase Gallery Shop: https://www.arrowmont.org/product/sasha-baskin-woven-zipper-pouch/
Arrowmont Blog: https://www.arrowmont.org/air-spotlight-sasha-baskin/