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Becky Walsh

Fiber / Clifton, LA

Artist Statement

Ms. Walsh is a pine straw basket maker, and member of the Clifton Choctaw Native American Community in Clifton, Louisiana. She learned the craft from her mother when she was about eleven years old. She uses a coil technique where the pine needles are coiled around and sewn together. Her tools consist of needle, raffia, and longleaf pine straw. Each basket is unique and has little designs resembling flowers sewn onto the finished basket. She uses natural dyes and some supplementary materials, such as commercial dyed raffia, to give color to the pine needle baskets.

Biography

Becky Walsh is a member of the Clifton Choctaw tribe in Rapides Parish, LA. She is known for her beautiful hand woven baskets that can be seen all over the world in both private collections and museums.