Gabriel Frey pack basket purse, Orono, 2019


A 13th generation Passamaquoddy basket weaver, Gabriel Frey learned to weave from his grandfather, Fred Moore. In 1998, when Moore was diagnosed with emphysema, Frey went to stay with and learn from him at Sipayik. Then 18, Frey learned how to prepare ash and make tools, and pack baskets.

Frey specializes in utility baskets of all sizes, most recently pushing the traditional art form into new realms of functional wearable art pieces, like this purse. Gabriel Frey has won numerous awards, including a 2019 United States Artists fellowship.

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