My passion for basketry developed from a love of recycling, using organic and California native materials in my art. Nature provides everything we need if we just open our eyes and minds to the creative process. Pine Needles can be collected, cleaned and used to make some amazing baskets. I love to recycle whenever I can and recycling the pine needles is often just the beginning of the process. Wood, agates, leather and even glass get a new life as art in many of my designs. Using California native materials, such as native pine, manzanita, pine cones, deer grasses in many of my works has developed into a search for native material that has brought with it many new adventures.
Many of my works of art are embellished with additional elements, such as carefully crafted glass beads I make myself or from Kenya's Kitengela Glass Studio (www.kitengela-glass.com). Kitengela is just an amazing place, check out their web site.
I recently expanded my work to include gourds as part of the basketry and as an art form in and of itself. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind item as the organic materials shape their final design. I find that the pine needles and the gourds will tell me what they want to do, more than me making them do what I want. Time and patience are a must. I love working with the gourds since they start out as Nature's works of art.
With gourds there are so many techniques that the joy comes from finding just the right one for that special gourd.
"Coil art" is what I call the coiling on a rim of a gourd that has just taken on a life of it's own and become it's own art. I find it beautiful and an adventure.
Each piece takes on a life of it's own. It's own adventure. I am just along for the ride, the love and the passion. Enjoy!
You can order these works of art for yourself or as gifts to be enjoyed for generations.
Shelley teaches classes and if you have a group of 15 or less you can arrange for her to come out for the day.
Cost is a per person materials fee and then a speakers fee for the day.
Contact Shelley If interested in having a class or if you would like to view more photos of a piece you are interested in purchasing.
The Rabbit is a highly polished gourd with a rabbit wood burned on the front. Rim is coil art embellished with beading. See next photo for view of coil art.
Price: $60.00 Sold
Highly Polished Gourd Art with Coil Art
This highly polished gourd is then waxed with a walnut stain and hand made paper lines the interior. Coil art rim with carved bead as embellishments.
Rich Maghoney stained waxed gourd with pine needle rim and layers of beads. Beads are glass (brown ones) from Kitengela Glass Studios and bone. The strand of beads is movable, currently in the infinity shape.
Basketry: sold pieces (see above for available pieces)
Large Pine Needle Basket with wood art center. $195.00 Sold
Native coiled center on this oval basket
Medium oval basket with coiled center. Rim embellished with green glass beads and paper beads from Kitengela Glass Studio in Kenya. $50.00 Sold
Branches embellish the wood center piece of this medium sized round basket. $65.00 Sold
Large oval basket
This large oval basket begins with a reddish/brown agate center. $75.00 Sold
Native coiled bottom (left basket only)
This small black basket has a Native American coiled center. Multi-colored sinew adds to the design. Heavily coiled rim with paper beads from Kenya. $35.00 Sold One on the right is available
This Medium sized basket has multi-colored native pine needles coiling around a blue agate center. The agate looks like a dove. $65.00 Sold
Gourd Art: Sold pieces (see above for available pieces)
"Maple Leaves" The maple leaves are wood burned, the gourd sanded, then dyed with a gourd stain. Gourd rim is then coiled with pine needles and heavily embellished with silver beads from Kenya. $70.00 Sold
Fall leaves circle this gourd art. Rim is then coiled with pine needles and green and white frosted glass beads from Kitengela Glass Studio embellish the piece. $65.00 Sold
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