Bassler, James W., b. 1933
Fiber artist, Weaver
Active in San Pedro, Calif.
Collection size: 3.0 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Resumes, correspondence, financial records, typescripts of lectures, photographs of works of art, exhibition catalogues, announcements, brochures, and other printed material concerning James Bassler and his work at UCLA. Correspondents include Louise Allrich, Norman Cherry, Mildred Constantine, Kris Dey, Dominic Di Mare, Helen Drutt, Lillian Elliott, Betty Freudenheim, Teresa Huang, Eiko Ishioka, Ritzi and Peter Jacobi, Wojciech Jaskolka, Mi Koon Kim, Sherley Koteen, Gerhardt Knodel, Jack Lenor Larsen, Eudorah Moore, Gertrude Parker, Martin Peavy, Laurel J. Reuter, Ed Rossbach, Paul Smith, and others. Also included are grant proposals to support the Department of Design, UCLA, 1990 and a VHS videotape of Bassler produced by student Shai Hanuka, 2000.
Biographical/Historical Note: Weaver, fiber artist; San Pedro, Calif. An influential fiber art teacher, James Bassler is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, where he taught from 1975 to 2000. He also established the fiber/textile program at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tenn. (1980-1982), and was part of the recurrent summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C., and Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. He also lives in Oaxaca, Mexico. His weavings draw inspiration from pre-Columbian, Andean, and Mexican textile traditions.
Donated 2003 by James Bassler as part of AAA's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Much of the material was assembled by Bassler as supporting documentation for tenure at UCLA.
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