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Louise Loewenstein

Most of my life I have been a contemporary basket weaver. I learned Native American techniques when we lived for a short time in New Mexico. I also took courses at DeCordova Museum, a weekend course with John McQueen, plus a 3 day apprenticeship with a basket artist in Florida, Marilyn Forman. I started making coiled and twined baskets in 1978. I sold them on a very limited basis. I used unusual materials rather than natural fibers like tubing, plastic cords, rope, and a variety of yarns. I also added beads and buttons. Many of the shapes were sculptural, but, like a basket, had an inside and an outside. All my work was one-of-a-kind.
My zipper jewelry was instigated by a trip to South Africa. Lately my work has been influenced by the weaving work I did on my baskets.

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Louise Loewenstein, Necklace, Silver and gold pulls, hematite beads, 2014

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