Jackie Abrams

"After forty-plus years of weaving vessels, exploring both techniques and materials, I have learned to simplify, to let the forms and materials speak for themselves. "

Jackie Abrams has been a fiber artist since 1975. Her craft development work with women in Africa has had a profound influence on her art and her life. She works intuitively, the colors and textures of the materials informing the vessels she creates. She frequently creates forms that refer to women's bodies as containers of shared experiences and individual stories.

Abrams uses and adapts her well-practiced basketmaking and fiber arts skills. Her materials include silk and cotton fabrics, archival paper, wire, sand, thread, buttons, encaustic wax, and acrylic paints and mediums.

Abrams has been a basketmaker since 1975, when she first apprenticed to an 81-year-old traditional white ash basketmaker. She has been a student in numerous basket and design workshops. Since 1990, she has been exploring the possibilities of contemporary basketry.

Red Stone Parallax
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 1,400
Standing in Strength
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 2,500
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
A Measure of the Earth, Washington DC, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, PA, Philadelphia, 1996-2013
Green: The Color and the Cause, Washington DC, The Textile Museum, 2011
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC, The Building Museum, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2014
Award: Best of Show , Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2011
Art in the Embassies, US Department of State, Chad, Africa, 2017
Permanent Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, 2010 and 2016
Permanent Collection, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, 2009
Permanent Collection, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, bequeathed
Permanent Collection, Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI, 2004