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About the Artist

Jan Hopkins (Everett) is a fiber artist/basket maker. She has expanded her practice to include alternative materials such as grapefruit peel, sturgeon skin, lotus pods, lunaria seed pods and cantaloupe peels, in addition to traditional basket making materials. She says of her work: “There are often restrictions on traditional basket materials in order to protect them from over harvest. I continue to work with traditional materials, but have included alternative materials… that are not restricted and that I can collect in abundance. I am obsessed with pushing the boundaries with these materials and am working toward making large pieces set in environments.” Hopkins creates primarily figurative female sculptures and, throughout her career, has been inspired by traditional craft and textiles. She won the 2012 Samuel and Patricia Smith People’s Choice Award at Bellevue Arts Museum’s BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet, for her piece Oh Eleanor.

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From the Artist

Thanks to the Artist Trust Fellowship award, I have the gift of concentrated time to research and create work for a collaborative project with my husband, Chris Hopkins, about three generations of family history, including the internment of Japanese Americans and the effect it had personally - a loss of history and heritage. 

Jan Hopkins