My hairy nests are a result of trying to make a better bird’s nest. My English cousin had a small aviary with slippery, smooth-sided, commercial bowls wired to the branches for his doves. I decided to add texture so the nest wouldn’t fall out of the branches and added colors for camouflage. This was the beginning of my “hairy nests.”
Fiber/Decorative, Other (I use commercial, high quality textile dyes to color the reed. Encaustic medium is applied to the finished baskets to help protect the reed and to add to the baskets.)
6.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches
About the artist
Lonning’s interest in patterns and complex weaving techniques began in college where she minored in textiles and majored in ceramics. Although many of her vessel forms still reflect her love of ceramics, she chose basketry as the natural union of two passions. She works with rattan because of its uniformity and ease in accepting dyes, and with a locally collected, invasive vine called akebia. Her interest in architecture and gardening, with all of the color variations and textures, are major sources of inspiration. Lonning’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2000 Lonning authored the book, “The Art of Basketry.” She lives in Connecticut with her Old English Sheepdog, Willy and their cat Kitt.
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