Earlene Giglierano - Iowa City, Iowa
Earlene is a founding owner of Iowa Artisans Gallery and was once a prolific basketmaker, now partially retired. She believes that the things with which we surround ourselves should be beautiful and feel good to use. "I see my baskets as containers for objects, and I want them to be sturdy and functional."
Each of Earlene's baskets is unique. "I make up my own basketry styles while using traditonal basketweaveing techniques." Of primary concern is that the basket can withstand its intended function. She points out that so many commercial baskets sold today use design elements that don't hold up. For example: a handle that is not anchored in the structure of the basket and consequently falls off under pressure.
A native of southern Ohio, Earlene lives in Ames, Iowa.