My basket weaving experience began while I was an art student at Warren Wilson College. In 1983, early in my curriculum, a Fiber Arts course opened my eyes to the potential of natural materials as well as found objects. When the Appalachian basketry was taught, I found something that spoke to me. When I completed my first basket, I felt I had made a vessel that was meant to nurture and held purpose. Since that first experience, I have not stopped exploring potential in all materials…playing with color, texture, and shape with my baskets. Materials typically used for the frames are grapevine, honeysuckle, bittersweet, and wisteria, along with hand-dyed rattan for the body of the basket.
I have taught workshops through the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, Brevard College, Brevard, NC, Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC, Columbia College, Columbia, SC, Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, and Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC, and Brevard, NC as well as private lessons.
My baskets can be found at the Gallery of the Mountains in the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, and at Number 7 Arts in Brevard, NC.
In 1986 I graduated from Warren Wilson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts/Visual Arts. I joined Number 7 Arts in 2001 and acted as the gallery manager from 2005 until 2017.