Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014 POST #1

Drawstring Tote  Knotted Shoulder Strap
Needless to say, I'm not very good at writing the Wednesday Weaver Blog.  I've have a bad case of weaver fever.  Here are a few things that are in Studio 40 right now.  

I took a great class from Suzy Nonn and this was my take on it - the name is "Zany".  The Class was called Hairy Weaving on a Gourd.  I love the space-dyed reed she dyed.  It took me a long time to figure out how to paint it and to get the top curls anchored.  Guests in the studio actually argue about what it is and, of course, I love the attention it gets. What do you see?  

My first fully beaded vessel  
Jacqueline Rickard, a Piute teacher, was teaching basic pine needle basketry several years ago at a Squamish Gathering in Washington.  She had fully beaded baskets on display so  I bought one of her beautiful calendars and this is my first attempt.  So many mistakes you can't's a jigsaw puzzle!  

Here's an example of some of the things you can do in my twining class:
"Spring Twining"
I wish I could figure out how to get these pictures all in a row but, oh well, this will have to do!

"Hairy" will be taught at the Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild
August 3, 2014  9am
Quail Botanical Gardens 
Click on the link above for more information.

And, here are a few miscellaneous pine needle baskets: 

Pine Needle & Raffia

"Navajo Stars"
Cabochan, Pine Needles & Linen
"Red Pine & Blue"
Cabochan Pine Needles Beads & Sinew

Here's a bicycle basket made out of all kinds of wood split from Poplin Farms (.com) - Walnut, Oak, Elm, Ash, Sea Grass, Red & Yellow Cedar, Reed, etc. 
The pattern came from Jill Choate Basketry and is available online at the Square Market:

"Bicycle Basket"
Kathy's Garden Basket

So, do you remember 
Pinky Lee?

TTFN (ta ta for now….) 


Friday, March 1, 2013

Spanish Village Classes

The first two months of Wednesday Weavers has been very successful.   Thank you to those that have joined me for our regular gathering.  We've really had fun!
Spanish Village Art Studio's website has been updated to include Basketry Classes at Studio 40 taught by  Kathleen Romero, Native American of Chumash descent.

Three Beginning & Advanced classes are offered:
(1) Coiled Pine Needles:  This class focuses on the coiling technique using local pine needles and artificial sinew.  The beginning kit includes all supplies needed to construct a simple pine needle basket with written instructions as well as class demonstrations...$15  Class offered every Wednesday Noon to 3pm or by Appointment...$30 or $50/weekends  
(2) Twined Waxed Linen:   The most primitive weave is best learned with a more flexible fiber such as waxed linen.  An easy pattern is included with the beginning kit and includes all supplies needed for a small beaded basket with a braided rim except scissors...$15
Class offered every Wednesday Noon to 3pm or by Appointment...$30 or $50/weekends  

(3) Plaited Reed or Paper:  In this class reed or paper (student's choice) is used to make a simple napkin basket or mini egg basket.  The kit includes pattern instructions as well as all materials needed to complete the project except scissors...$15
Class offered by Appointment only...$30 or $50/weekends

Advanced Classes are offered by Appointment Only. Students design their own vessel or pick out their own design among my portfolio pictures or purchase a commercial kit and are given guidance by the instructor.  Students provide their own tools and supplies...$50 per 3-hour class session.

All participants must be at least 10 years old. 

Supplies, Kits & Group Classes available.  Groups of three or more will receive a 10% discount with class scheduled by Appointment.  Large groups may be scheduled in Workshop Area of Spanish Village Art Studios.  

DON'T FORGET ~ Studio 40  Wednesday Weavers from Noon to 3pm:  Join this group of basketeers that meet at each week to work on their current projects.  This group is FREE, participants must be at least 10 years old & bring their own project & tools. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

It's Official - Wednesday Weavers is a GO!

Happy New Year everyone!

This year marks the beginning of a new road for me as an artist & educator.  After 12 years of retirement, last September a friend of mine challenged me to jury into Spanish Village Art Studios with my woven baskets.  Although many people told me not to expect to get in on my first try, to my amazement I was accepted.  

A week later, the owner of Studio 40 called me and asked me if I would consider being a partner in her studio with two other artists.  Soon I was signing a lease with Teresa, Susan, and Mindy to begin my residency in Studio 40 October 1, 2012.  

It's been a fast and furious end-of-year  with the Holiday crowds and gift-giving frenzy going on.   My fingers are calloused from trying to get my inventory up to take advantage of the season but it was well worth it.  I've sold many of my handcrafted baskets but have also found that I get lonely in the studio on Wednesdays when things are rather quiet mid-day.  I'm so used to working in a costume studio full of artists creating together while chatting and discussing alternatives, that sitting by myself weaving is rather boring.

So, for all our our benefits, I've started up Wednesday Weavers which will meet at Spanish Village Studio 40 every Wednesday from Noon to 3pm except for Christmas and New Year days.  My goal is to teach Beginning Pine Needle and Twined Basketmaking during this time while providing a place for fellow basket makers to meet, create & discuss our works & techniques. 

I do hope you'll join us and become a Wednesday Weaver too!

Spanish Village Art Studio 40
1770 Village Place, San Diego, CA
(619) 233-9050

Contact Me
Spanish Village Art Center