Jim Bassler

Jim Bassler (b. 1933) is a weaver. He was introduced to the textile traditions, including the hooking of rugs, at an early age from his father. The Cold War strategies gave him the opportunity to see the world and introduced him to the craft traditions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The ethnic textiles that inspired him during his travels became the foundation for his work. His weavings also draw inspiration from pre-Columbian, Andean, and Mexican textile traditions.

He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught for 25 years at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. He also helped to establish the fiber/textile program at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee and has taught also at the Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Jim Bassler is featured in the Origins episode of Craft in America.

See other work by Bassler in our Virtual Exhibition

Jim Bassler, Discontinuous III, 2006, Andrew Neuhart photograph

Jim Bassler, Zoom, 2008, Ray Carofano photograph

Jim Bassler, weaver and professor, talks about being an artist in California during the 50s and 60s.

Jim Bassler, weaver and professor, talks to his students about a Nasca period, 200 BC 700 AD, Peruvian textile.

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