Joe Bruneau

Joe Bruneau
Joe Bruneau
Joe Bruneau

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. Continue reading “Joe Bruneau”

Jerry Maxey

Jerry Maxey
Jerry Maxey
Jerry Maxey

My work is wicker-weave basketry of dyed rattan and sea grass cord, with lathe-turned wood bases and rims.  The wood is all found wood, often trees that have fallen in storms.  Once I have turned the wooden elements, I leave them indoors for at least three weeks to cure and stabilize.  I attach rattan spokes to the wood and construct the basket, weaving in the colors and patterns as I go.  When completed, the entire piece is finished with tung oil to bring out the colors and produce a slight aged patina to the work. Continue reading “Jerry Maxey”