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Carol Emarthle-Douglas


Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship

The School of Advanced Research is pleased to welcome Carol Emarthle-Douglas as the 2016 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow. An accomplished coil basket-weaver, Emarthle-Douglas was the proud recipient of the Best of Show Award for the 2015 SWAIA Indian Market. Inspired by designs from the Northern Arapaho Plains style beadwork, ledger art and parfleche designs of her mother’s people, she has also incorporated the colors and patterns of Seminole patchwork influenced by her father’s Seminole Nation of Oklahoma heritage.

Emarthle-Douglas comments:

I have chosen contemporary materials to produce my baskets, I use hemp twine and waxed linen thread for my large baskets and use round reed with raffia which is a palm fiber along with silk threads to create my miniature baskets and jewelry pieces. The technique I use is the traditional coiling method which is one of the oldest methods used in basketry. I consider myself a Traditional/contemporary basket weaver.

Carol Emarthle-Douglas. "Cultural Burdens", 2015.

Carol Emarthle-Douglas, “Cultural Burdens”, 2015. Mixed media. Photo courtesy of the artist.

While at SAR, Emarthle-Douglas will take full advantage of the IARC collection and library. Already familiar with a great deal of imagery through her own research, the opportunity to study pottery, beadwork and basketry in the collection will offer insights into unique tribal shapes, designs and symbols. She writes, “Even though these are different types of art than my own, my interest is to draw inspiration from other artists and to integrate these concepts into my own art form.” In the studio, Emarthle-Douglas will combine the old technique of coiled basketry with a fairly new beadwork style, she recently learned while attending a Northwest Native Basketweavers Association gathering. She is considering incorporating either an Arapaho parfleche design and color or even a Seminole patchwork design.

Emarthle-Douglas teaches a variety of groups in the urban Native American community which include students from the Indian Education Program from elementary grades through high school, and she also works with the Native American homeless in the Seattle area. She also works with Native American elders through the Northwest Indian College where the weavers can in turn teach what they have learned and then share their knowledge with their community. Emarthle-Douglas will be in residence from June 15-August 15, 2016.


Carol Emarthle-Douglas — Artist Talk, Reception, Open Studio

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5:30 PM, RSVP by Monday, August 1, to 505.954.7205 or iarc@sarsf.org

As a basket weaver, Carol Emarthle-Douglasis constantly searching for inspiration for new designs, shapes, and ideas to create new baskets. While at SAR, she plans to study the IARC collection and the artists represented within to draw inspiration for her work. She has recently begun using a new technique in her work: beading directly onto a coiled basket. This will play an important role in the project she has planned for her fellowship at SAR.

Emarthle-Douglas draws from her Northern Arapaho and Seminole heritage when creating her baskets, using Plains-style beadwork, ledger art and parfleche designs along with the colors and patterns of Seminole patchwork in her creations. She has been weaving baskets for almost twenty years, starting with traditional geometric designs and then gradually creating illustrative pieces, like a basket with a herd of buffalo that appear to be in motion, or a “somewhat political” piece with Custer in the center of a basket surrounded by Native warriors.

Emarthle-Douglas is a highly accomplished basketmaker, most recently the proud recipient of the Best of Show Award for the 2015 SWAIA Indian Market. In addition, her baskets have been exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in the collections of many museums, including the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), Autry National Center (Los Angeles, CA), and Montclair Museum (Newark, NJ).