My Edmond Outlook: Peggy Brennan

Name: Peggy Brennan
Edmond Resident Since: 1960

What do you feel makes you unique to Edmond?
I grew up in Edmond and stayed to participate in the culture of Edmond – I’m a Graduate of
Edmond schools, including UCO, plus eight years of employment at CSU for the Dean of Students. While living in Edmond, I founded the Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association. I have taught basketry at the Edmond Fine Arts Center and at UCO.

Tell me about your basket weaving.
I prepare wood splints by scraping and cutting into 1/4th of an inch, or even narrower. Some of the splints are naturally dyed to create patterns. I use black ash, white oak and maple to weave
Cherokee twill designs in plaited baskets.

What is the most unique basket you’ve ever made?
I collaborated with a friend to enter a basket in an art contest. I wove the Cherokee double-walled basket with honeysuckle. On the outside wall, I wove in her beaded deer skin strip.

How did you first learn, or get started?
Mavis Doering, a master basket weaver, taught a class on the Cherokee double-walled basket. I am self taught in other forms of basketry though. In fact, when I started weaving, the current two local basket weaving guilds were not even available at that time.

Where are your baskets sold?
My baskets are one of a kind, so I sell them in
galleries and museum shops on request. I also sell
by commission.

How does a buyer connect with you?
They can find me on Facebook or they can visit my website at www.cherokeebaskets.org.

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