Since her move to Sedona, Shirley Eichten Albrecht’s basket weaving has evolved from weaving primarily traditional baskets to more sculptural art incorporating Raku, gourds and antlers to create stunning wall hangings and sculptures. She is continually intrigued, inspired and challenged by the materials that she works with, the surroundings where she lives and other basket weavers. Her Rainbow Series is one example of where it began as an experiment with color and form and then saw many changes.
Her art has always been an important part of her life beginning as a child growing up in rural Minnesota. She would draw landscapes, people, anything. She then got a very small camera and used that to capture her family and surroundings. It was natural for Shirley to get a degree in Art & Music from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Her journey into basket weaving started as a hobby, weaving with her friends in her basement, but led to teaching basket weaving in the local Basket Supply shop. Soon it became a passion. She now teaches in Sedona, Arizona and conducts workshops across the United States.
Shirley co-founded a Basket eaving Guilds in Sedona and St. Louis, Missouri. She is a member of Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild in Sedona, Arizona, Fiber Artists Sedona, the Sedona Visual Artists Coalition, Sedona Arts Center, and in addition to the Missouri Basketweavers Guild, the Intermountain Weavers Conference, and the National Basketry Organization.
Her award-winning work has been exhibited in juried art exhibits and galleries throughout the America.
- 2012 Juried Members Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona – First Place in Wood, Fiber, Glass Category
- 2011-12 Woven in Time, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
- 2011 Juried Members Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona
- Marilyn Sunderman Creativity Award & Second Place in Wood, Fiber, Glass Category
- 2009 Juried Member’s Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona – First Place in Wood, Fiber, Glass Category
- WovenWorks 08, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio – Best Woven
- 2008 Member’s Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona – Third Place in wood, Fiber, Glass Category
- Celebrating Prescott Territory 2007, Prescott Fine Arts Association, Prescott, Arizona – Honorable Mention
- 2006 Member’s Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona – First Place in Fiber, Wood, Jewelry Category
- 2006 Member’s Show, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona – Third Place in Fiber, Wood, Jewelry Category
- Woven Works 2006, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio – Honorable Mention
- 2005 Its Elemental Annual Fine Craft Exhibition, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ – Juror’s Choice Award