Saturday, September 4, 2021

Woven: Willow, Reed, and Grasses



Mobius Strip
 


 Seven artists used different types of plant materials to create works of art in the current exhibit at the SHAPE Gallery in downtown Shippensburg, PA. Traditional baskets, gourds and pine needle vessels are include as well as mixed media sculptures and wall hangings.








Four of my mixed media woven sculptures are in the exhibit that runs through September 25, 2012.   Two of the sculptures include twisted wood found on my farm. 






Scoop #1 and Scoop #2


 

SHAPE Gallery is located at 19 East King Street, Shippensburg, PA.  The exhibit is open during regular gallery hours and is free and open to the public.    For more information visit their website: www.ShapeArt.org   

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

First Basket was a Family Affair


I love to weave baskets.  Perhaps even more, I love to lead others through their first basket weaving experience.  




This weekend I did just that, sharing my basket passion with a multi-generational "girls day out" to weave a basket.


After selecting the handle and color scheme of their choice, all three beginners ended up with a lovely individual rib basket they could be proud of.  




                                                                    Don't you agree?

Monday, June 28, 2021

OWL's Weekend Weave

 

I spent a relaxing Saturday at the OWL's (Outdoor Women's Life) 10th anniversary retreat.  Old and new friends came together to enjoy the country vista and participate in a variety of workshop offerings.  The sun was shining and there was a gentle breeze throughout the day.  It could not have been a better day!






Some ladies choose to weave a basket.  For many it was their first experience weaving. The morning group wove a rib basket with a found twisted wooden handle. Participants choose the colors and designs for their baskets.   The afternoon group wove around a glass vase form finished off with a matchstick rim. 


Friday, June 4, 2021

Art in the Park

 




It's time to emerge from our long hibernation and enjoy the crafts, music and old friends this Saturday, June 5th  at Art in the Park.  

I always look forward to seeing everyone after a long winter, but this years event is extra special since it wasn't held last summer. 


I will have baskets for all of your picnic needs - 
a utensils basket, watermelon basket and ice bucket are shown below.    
Come by to view my display of many other baskets and say "Hi".






Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easter Basket Fun

 


Baskets have many uses.  They can be woven from a wide range of materials in a variety of styles and techniques.  I am often influenced by the seasons and holidays as to what baskets I weave.


When spring arrives, I can't help but be in a playful mood with my basket weaving.  I use pastel colors, and painted attachments to make baskets ready for Easter eggs, bunnies and flowers.  



Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Year - New Technique Learned



Last year I spent a lot of my time wrapping balls in the style of  Japanese Temari.  I found it very enjoyable and gave many of the balls as gifts this past holiday season. 

 

This month I shifted to making Japanese Koma ornaments.  They, like the Temari,  stem from children's toys - Temari a colorful wrapped ball and Koma a spinning top.




The colorful designs appeal to me. I like experimenting with different colors, threads and patterns. Some have tassel tails, while others have beads hanging from the wrapped ornament. 



Friday, December 18, 2020

Gallery of Gifts

 



2020 has been a tough year for artists and craftsmen.  I am very thankful for the Carroll County Arts Center for hosting the annual Gallery of Gifts once again this year.  There is one week left to support the artists participating in this showcase of high quality art suitable for gifts.  Come check out the displays




I am featuring baskets, gourds and vessels using natural materials.  Naturally shed antlers are incorporated into some of the pieces.  Pine needles and sweetgrass are woven into small bowls. Small bells are fashioned from the tops of gourds.