Mimi Kotlarov

507 Cedar Street
, Alaska



I made my first cedar bark basket sitting on the sailboat in Karta Bay many years ago. In 1987 I took Basketry I at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan. It was the first of many classes. I learned the traditional Northwest Coast weaving techniques. Now I use those skills to create baskets in nontraditional shapes and design.

I love the process of finding and gathering my own materials for weaving in our beautiful Southeastern Forest. I spend most of my summers on the boat with my husband, and I am always looking for materials. I have learned to very carefully select and prepare the cedar bark, spruce roots, and grasses. It is always exciting to use these materials as well as other plants in new ways to create baskets.

Crafts, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Fiber, Northwest Coast