While attending NAFOA’s 33rd Annual Conference last month, Phil Glynn, vice president for economic development, sat down with artist Elliott Abbey, a member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, to talk with him about his craft and business, Pine Needle Works by Elliott Rain Abbey.
Elliott first started weaving longleaf pine needle baskets when he was 25 years old and was happy to tell us about his artistry. In this video, Elliott explains his process – a lengthy one – where each pine needle is individually placed. He also adds that each basket maker has his or her own stitching technique that creates unique pieces.
Watch this short video of Elliott and check out his Instagram account at @Pineneedleworksbyera.
(Editor’s note: Elliott sent us an update in April 2016. He said: “I am doing quite well. I am working with a few art galleries and museums that are wishing to showcase my artwork. I finally constructed a website that showcases my artwork, an article that was published about my artwork and how I got started, and all my contact information. Please feel free to take a look at it and share the information if you choose to.)