Ed Rossbach

Ed Rossbach (1914-2002) was a fiber artist who worked in basketmaking and weaving. Originally from Chicago, he worked and lived in Berkeley, CA. He was drawn to nontraditional textile materials including foil, plastic bags, Mylar, twigs, staples, Styrofoam, and twine. He received a BFA from the University of Washington, his MFA from Columbia University and a second MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Rossbach taught at the University of California, Berkeley for 29 years and authored several books on basketry, notably The Nature of Basketry and Baskets as Textile Art. His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Renwick Gallery, Oakland Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.