Ojibwe Artist Residency with April Stone (Bad River) - Madeline Island Museum
Ojibwe Artist In Residence
Demonstrates the Art of Black Ash Basketry
SATURDAY JULY 29 AND SUNDAY JULY 30
10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM DAILY
Bad River Ojibwe artist April Stone demonstrates the making of both traditional and contemporary black ash baskets, from the pounding of a debarked ash log to the delicate weaving of narrow strips of wood into beautiful and utilitarian works of art. Ms. Stone will also demonstrate the art of birch bark basket making.
— From an article about April's work in the Chicago Tribune
April Stone is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Ojibwe and lives in a rural wooded area on the shores of Lake Superior. She began weaving black ash baskets in 1999. She was so impressed with how the material held up to the daily abuse, that the material earned her respect and she began weaving utilitarian baskets. Through the years she searched for other native basket weavers in the area, which historically had many, but found only a few and many were not currently weaving. She came to realize she was the only ash basket weaver making baskets in her band and among just a hand full in all of the northern Chippewa/Ojibwe in Wisconsin. Starting with the hand gathered and prepared raw material, April weaves baskets that are meant for use and takes great pride in her work. Besides teaching from her studio, she teaches ash basketry in her community on the Bad River reserve and in the neighboring reserves, and at different venues through out northern Wisconsin and Michigan.