Ferne Jacobs

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'Snow Circles', coiled and twined waxed linen thread by Ferne Jacobs, 1999, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ferne Jacobs, who is also known as Ferne K. Jacobs and Ferne Kent Jacobs is an American fiber artist and basket maker. She was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942 to Jewish parents who emigrated from Eastern Europe. Her family moved to Los Angeles when Ferne was young. She took art and craft classes at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), the Pratt Institute (New York City), San Diego State University (San Diego, California), Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, California), and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine). She credits Dominic di Mare, Lenore Tawney and Arline M. Fisch as her inspirations. Jacobs lives in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Jacobs is best known for her contemporary baskets that employ an ancient technique of twisting one thread around another. The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (formerly The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu), the Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are among the public collections holding works by Ferne Jacobs.



  • Peters, Jan, Kevin Wallace and Ray Leier, Baskets: Tradition and Beyond, Cincinnati, Ohio, North Light Books, 2000.
  • Trapp, Kenneth R. and Ferne Jacobs, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Tempe, Arizona, Arizona State University Art Museum, 2006.

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