The Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit demonstrations continue with local artist Effie Dawkins of Early, who will demonstrate the art of basket weaving.
“I love the creativity and the fact that two people can be making the same basket, but the baskets look very different from each other,” Dawkins said.
Dawkins grew up in northern New Mexico/southern Colorado with Native Americans. She has always had an interest in baskets and their use through out the centuries, Dawkins said. “Baskets have been essential to households over centuries and today, baskets are used both for decoration and functional uses.”
“Traveling in South Carolina in the early ’70’s, I saw the African American women making baskets from the salt grasses along the coastline, a tradition carried over from Africa,” said Dawkins. “When LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) homestead in Johnson City first opened, artisans were demonstrating basket making with grapevines.”
Four years ago, Lisa Adkins demonstrated basket weaving at the Stars of Texas Art show. She invited Dawkins and other interested individuals to go to her home and learn the art of basket weaving.
“I have been weaving baskets for the past four years as a hobby. I have sold some of my baskets and given others as gifts to friends and family,” Dawkins said.
This is Dawkins’ first year to demonstrate basket weaving at the Stars of Texas Art Show. After 27 years in the teaching field, she retired and is currently a service coordinator at Center for Life Resources.
Dawkins’ demonstration will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Depot, located at 600 E. Depot Street.