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Washington DC Artist Ira Blount

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research  Search this
Type:
Interviews
YouTube Videos
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2018-09-04T14:37:18.000Z
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Education  Search this
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
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Interview with Ira Blount

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (MiniDV)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
2011
Scope and Contents:
Artist Ira Blount talks about the influence of his father and mother as well as the Shaker Movement and their belief in frugality on his life and his art. He talks about ROTC training while he was a student at Tuskegee Institute and training troops to go overseas when he was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia. Blount states his life after the army was unpleasant because of his divorce. When he moved to Washington, D.C., he focused on craft making, particularly calligraphy, to overcome his drinking problems. Blount gradually became involved in different programs in his church, Asbury United Methodist Church, and eventually started a handbell choir in the early 1990s. Blount talks about his other creative endeavors in basket weaving, origami, and woodcarving as well as his interest in oriental arts. Specifically, Blount talks about his first attempt at basket weaving, his fondness of the egg basket, using natural grapevine frames with commercial reed for his baskets, making origami kimonos and cranes, and the beauty of the grain when he carving wood. He talks about his creative process and working hard to perfect a craft. Blount explains an inner need to create and his hope that his work will inspire other people to do craft work. He talks about the need to engage senior citizens in creativity and craft; and the lack, and therefore necessity, of a craft museum in Washington, D.C. He stresses the need of a vehicle to encourage untrained people to create particularly those who live in Ward 7.
Interview. Dated 20110316.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Artists  Search this
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Civic leaders  Search this
Communities  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Interview with Ira Blount, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.01-007.16, Item ACMA AV005209
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Community and Creativity Project Records
Community and Creativity Project Records / Series 2: Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-01-007-16-ref103

Ira Blount

Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Community and Creativity Project Records,2010-2012, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
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Community and Creativity Project Records
Community and Creativity Project Records / Series 1: Project files
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-acma-01-007-16-ref447

Basket and Lid with Carved Wood Decoration

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, wood, stain
Dimensions:
6 7/8 × 11 13/16 in. (17.5 × 30 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
1995
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0001
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl860313cad-35ea-42dc-9d42-02f72a7d2a1a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0001
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Basket with Handle and Vertical Stripes

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
reed, twig, wood splint, dye
Dimensions:
7 1/8 × 8 9/16 × 4 1/16 in. (18.1 × 21.7 × 10.3 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0002
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl86b9a2811-47a8-41bd-98d7-1dc0274e919d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0002
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Basket with Handle and Mauve Stripe

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, twig, dye
Dimensions:
10 11/16 × 12 1/8 × 11 1/4 in. (27.2 × 30.8 × 28.5 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
1999
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0003
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
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Anacostia Community Museum
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80e40db6e-970e-42f2-afd3-a1033b2f2bae
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0003

Grapevine Basket

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
grapevine, reed, wood splint
Dimensions:
8 × 9 1/4 × 9 7/16 in. (20.3 × 23.5 × 24 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0004
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl818af8f7f-9853-454e-badf-ec38bfd6f8a1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0004

Small Egg Basket with Beaded Design

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, dye, glass, waxed linen cord, adhesive
Dimensions:
4 1/2 × 5 1/8 × 5 1/2 in. (11.5 × 13 × 14 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0005
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8c023c24c-22ba-49da-b164-8e51b64db469
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0005
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Plaited Basket with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, coating, adhesive
Dimensions:
10 3/4 × 11 5/16 × 17 13/16 in. (27.3 × 28.8 × 45.3 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
2007
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0006
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8549a30b6-85af-4fcb-bd77-3059543d67e1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0006
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Melon-Shaped Basket with Side Handles

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, twig, dye
Dimensions:
7 3/8 × 18 3/8 × 16 1/4 in. (18.8 × 46.6 × 41.2 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
1995
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0007
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl811798590-151f-4a0e-a55e-4cc879d66918
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0007
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Basket with Beaded Design

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
reed, glass, thread
Dimensions:
6 3/8 × 7 in. (16.2 × 17.8 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0008
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8dc18f3b2-d92e-446f-a6bc-c6be6501e146
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0008

Tree Bark Container with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood bark, twig, wire, adhesive
Dimensions:
14 × 8 5/16 × 3 9/16 in. (35.6 × 21.1 × 9 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0009
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl81c36e328-9787-4502-b1ec-6280dfa1826d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0009

Rectangular-Shaped Basket with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, dye
Dimensions:
6 7/8 × 11 × 10 3/16 in. (17.5 × 28 × 25.8 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
1983
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0010
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl89c67b631-3b6e-42b8-ba7b-9ccfd801fcc7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0010

Egg Basket with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
reed, wood splint, coating
Dimensions:
4 3/4 × 4 7/8 × 5 9/16 in. (12 × 12.4 × 14.1 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0011
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80c738283-1b5b-487d-b250-728ae05f12cb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0011

Basket with Decorative Beading

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, glass, waxed linen cord
Dimensions:
5 1/4 × 5 11/16 × 5 1/2 in. (13.3 × 14.5 × 14 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0012
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8fa4b3564-8373-4ac7-ae85-4931a8a9a1b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0012

Small Egg Basket

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, dye
Dimensions:
6 11/16 × 6 3/4 × 7 11/16 in. (17 × 17.1 × 19.5 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0013
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl82cb6a768-c93e-4ae8-a9ab-a74ed36ef076
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0013

Small Basket with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint
Dimensions:
2 1/2 × 2 3/8 in. (6.4 × 6 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0014
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl89f7a7773-5af6-4cab-b08d-30d397859413
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0014

Basket with Single-Lashed Rim

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, reed, adhesive
Dimensions:
4 3/8 × 5 1/2 in. (11.1 × 14 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
1998
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0015
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl83f6f2f91-9c88-4e17-8930-f6efdc5a0ad9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0015
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Woven Basket with Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint, seagrass
Dimensions:
5 7/8 × 6 3/4 in. (15 × 17.2 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0016
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8f5cfe0ba-9064-418f-b42f-08dc2260b727
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0016
Online Media:

Basket with Swing Handle

Artist:
Ira Blount  Search this
Medium:
wood splint
Dimensions:
15 15/16 × 9 3/16 × 9 1/16 in. (40.5 × 23.3 × 23 cm)
Type:
basket
Date:
late 20th-early 21st Century
Cite As:
Gift of Ira Blount
Accession Number:
2011.0004.0017
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8feb0070b-4cb6-4fb1-a82e-2915b0da0c19
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:acm_2011.0004.0017

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