Telephone wire basketry is an indigenous South African art form which has grown from the basket weaving skills of the Zulu people of KwaZulu Natal. The craft is said to have originated in the 1950’s when night watchmen working in the cities would weave telephone wire around their wooden walking sticks whilst working at night.
Glen Rabena ~ Haida
Glen began carving in Northwest Coast style in 1970. He moved to Quesnel, BC and studied at the Gitanmaax School at Ksan in 1975-76. In 1978, he completed illustrations for “The Birds of Ksan” by Susan Marsden and the Gitksan Advisory Group. These became the foundation for his birds series of serigraphs.