STERLING JOHNSON CREATIONS

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Based outside of Demopolis, Estelle Jackson, matriarch of the Johnson clan is a third generation basket weaver. She learned the craft from her father, the late, Sterling Johnson, a renowned basket maker in the Black Belt region.

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The family has always taken a traditional approach to basketry. They start from scratch, gathering white oak trees from local woodlands, stripping and shaping the reeds, hand-weaving their rustic, utilitarian baskets for the marketplace.

 Estelle's parents, Sterling and Mary Ella giving a weaving demonstration in the early 1990s

Estelle's parents, Sterling and Mary Ella giving a weaving demonstration in the early 1990s

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Estelle continues to sell her baskets at festivals throughout the state. She has been featured in several articles and publications including, most recently, Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama By Robin McDonald and Valerie Pope Burnes.