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Artist of the Month: Lori A. Reed
I am a contemporary artist with traditional roots. I enjoy all artwork, but have circled back to my roots in traditional Cherokee Arts. I have discovered a love for making baskets as I continue to learn about the history and the arts and crafts of my people. My grandmother was a basket maker and she used to teach her family. I remember when her and the other old ladies of the church would be making baskets and she would teach us kids how to make baskets. I didn’t really enjoy it much then because I wanted to be out playing with the other kids, but I now have found a greater appreciation for basket making. I have always been fascinated with the end result of any project I am doing. It is like the reward at the end of a journey and I finally made it. The process of scraping and trimming is one that can get cumbersome at times, but usually just when I am about to complete a basket. I think this has to do with my impatience that I struggle to keep in check as I work and build my baskets. I enjoy making the smaller baskets and I am not sure yet if it is because of the control I have with smaller baskets or if I am just not yet patient enough to prepare that much material for a larger basket. Regardless, I enjoy basket making and the material prep. I used to say I enjoyed the material prep more than the making of a basket, but not so much anymore. I look forward to the end result, like a surprise after all the work I put into it.