Sarah Mayo and Her Contemporaries
"In comparison with her more famous contemporary, Dat so la lee, Sarah Mayo (c.1860 - 1945) appears to have been an equally innovative artist. Furthermore, Sarah's influence on other Washoe weavers was much greater than Dat so la lee's. For a decade, most Washoe weavers explored not only her representational patterns but also the general technique of combining two colors in the same motif. Even after 1925, when the Washoe began rejecting figurative imagery, they retained Sarah's alternation of two large-scale designs as the major format. Sarah's influence may indeed have extended beyond her tribe: it was Lucy Telles's (Bates 1979) and Daisy Charley's subsequent use of massive, two-color patterns, alternating formats and representational designs that formed the basis of the Miwok-Paiute fancy basketry style."
Text from Article about Sarah Mayo from American Indian Art Magazine, Autumn 1981
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