Eugenia Gwathney


Basketry cam into my life in 1982 by way of a class from Betz Salmont in Manhattan Beach, CA. My friend Char Hansen introduced me to natural collected materials weaving in Basketry. Together we would roam the streets of Los Angeles picking up yard waste for use in our weaving. Materials were plentiful. The likes of dracaena, split leaf philodendron sheaths, Draco dracaena, King Palm inflorescence, and fruit tree pruning were abundant. All there for the taking to be made into lovely mixed media basketry.

Over the years I have taken many classes to learn techniques not covered in my first classes. Any class can offer at least one new learning experience. Even if you only learn one thing it is so worth it. Evolving as a basket maker, I have settled into making sculptural pieces. Functional baskets using traditional materials have become a challenge, of late. I have ventured into White Oak, Oak Splint for Tobacco Basket, Nantucket, and twill in paper and reed.

When I became a homeowner I started a basket plant garden. In the yard you can find Watsonia, Tritonia, Red Hot Poker, Grape vine, Apple tree, Day Lilly, Split Leaf Philodendron, two kinds of Iris and Plum tree. I harvest and store the leafy materials until needed. The grape vine is made into rounds for use in Appalachia style basketry, branches from apple and plum make ribs for them. A basket can be made from the materials in my yard. Up-cycling at its finest.


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Eugenia Swathney, Waves   Eugenia Swathney, Waves

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Waves"
Dimensions: 18" x 7" x 9"
Medium: twined tritonia on palm seed stalk, wall hanging
Price: $500 + tax
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Eugenia Swathney, Twisted Sister

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Twisted Sister"
Dimensions: 15" x 9"
Medium: Hickory handle reed double basket
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Eugenia Swathney, Sails

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Sails"
Dimensions: 9" x 5"
Medium: double wall, wood bottom, solid and space dyed reed, decorative lacing
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Eugenia Swathney, Triple Twine

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Triple Twine"
Dimensions: 4" x 5"
Medium: flat and round reed
Price: $45 + tax
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Eugenia Swathney, Wings

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Wings"
Dimensions: 12" x 9" x 5"
Medium: twined tritonia on date palm stems
Price: $350 + tax
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Eugenia Swathney, Tobacco Basket

Artist: Eugenia Gwathney
Title: "Tobacco Basket"
Dimensions: 20" x 20"
Medium: Oak splint
Price: $150 + tax
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Best, Toni
Briemle, Nancy
Darchi, Bob
DuFlon, Andrea
Frankie, Jutta
Gwathney, Eugenia
Johnson, Chris
Kelleher, Lynn
Oller, Lorraine
Pascal, Orna
Salm, Amanda
Shapiro, Barbara
Stanton, Jill
Wittman, Jan

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