It was a great few days in Scottsville, a hexagonal weave with interlacing workshop, sponsored by The Basket Maker's Catalog. Beth Hester was a hostess extraordinaire.
It was a fun workshop at Philis Alvic's studio in Lexington, KY!
What a fabulous week we had at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We were a great group. Lots of learning, sharing, experimenting, and laughter!
It was Road Scholar Week at Snow Farm.
What a fun time was had! And what fabulous baskets were made!
I am very pleased to be the featured artist in Cindy Stephens' Artist Blog.
Check it out here.
It was a lovely day at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center here in Brattleboro, Vermont. It was a workshop for art educators, sharing basket skills that can continue to be shared. A special bonus was that we were surrounded by the paintings of Wolf Kahn. Special thanks to Linda Whelihan, Education Curator Extraordinaire, for helping to make this happen!
The Summer issue of the fabulous Zoom magazine, from the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada, features both our exhibit, "Beyond the Basics," as well as images from our Bias Plaiting workshop.
Thanks, Edmund Arceo, Designer, Photographer, and Publisher Extraordinaire.
It was a fabulous few days at the MAFA (Mid Atlantic Fiber Association) conference!!!
I feel truly honored that FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada, hosted this exhibit of my work, as well as the work of my students from Australia, Canada, and the USA.
I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful and talented students over these decades. Thank you all for your participation.
row 1: Frances Dorsey, Judith Saunders Dorothy Cross, row2: Jane Whitten, Ellen Luchkow, Julie Pongrac, row 3: Lisa Galbraith Heyl, Mimi Peterson, Jean Poythress Koon
The greatest sign of success for the teacher ... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' -- Maria Montessori
I love to teach.
Since 1975, I have savored the challenge of working with each student as an individual, adapting to varying degrees of proficiency, and helping each one learn the techniques of contemporary basketry.
Each student is different; they have their own voice to find and explore. My role has been to teach them the foundations, help them acquire further skills, stimulate their creativity, and encourage them to discover their unique voices.
“Beyond the Basics” is a celebration of these students' creativity. It is gratifying to see how they have taken the techniques and concepts taught in class (the "basics") and used them in their own creative work. Their technical skills and innovative interpretations of “the basics” have resulted in pieces which explore colors, textures, concepts, and forms. They have gone beyond the basics.
As I look at their work, I am reminded why I love to teach.