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Not Your Childhood Easter Basket: The Fiber Art of Mary Jackson
Master weaver Mary Jackson is something of an American Craft icon, with accolades including – Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Museum for Woman in the Arts; MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow. This Johns Island South Carolina resident’s pieces can be found in some of the most prestigious public and private collections around the United States including the Smithsonian Institution and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Even Prince Charles owns one of Jackson’s baskets.
Jackson grew up in a Gullah community in South Carolina’s low country. It was there at the age of 4 that she learned the art of basket weaving from her mother and grandmother. Jackson’s coiled baskets use materials indigenous to the coastal lowlands of South Carolina, Jackson. Her works are known for infusing a more contemporary aesthetic while adhering to traditional process. Today, her husband, son and daughter are all involved in making traditional baskets.
John’s Island, one of South Carolina’s sea islands is the 4th largest island on the east coast of the U.S. and is partially located within the city limits of Charleston. Jackson’s Studio is located at 3823 Savannah Hwy, Johns Island, SC, Telephone: 843-852-0404.
To learn more about Mary Jackson: http://www.nea.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=2010_04&type=bio”