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15201 Seadrift Ave. Box 98 Caspar, California 95420

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CAROLYN ZEITLER

Pine Needle Basketry

 

NEW WORKS

I have been a passionate student of Japanese culture, art and language for longer than I have been making baskets. In the spring of 2016, I spent three months in Japan studying the language and absorbing the culture. These new works incorporate my love of Japanese language, Japanese calligraphy, haiku, papermaking, and pine needles, of course.
I love this new direction. It opens up a whole new way of using color, text and designs that was not possible just using pine needles.

 

GREEN LEAF FALLING

Green leaf
Fluttering to the earth
Bed of brown

緑の葉 Midori no ha
地面にひらひら jimen ni hira hira
茶のねどこ cha no nedoko

ICHIRINZASHI - 一輪挿し
VASE FOR ONE FLOWER

Coulter Pine Needles and Raffia
12" x 12"

SILVER MOON

Silver Moon
Leaf flutters and
again silence.

金のつき gin no tsuki
葉がふわふわと
ha ga fuwa fuwa to
またしずか mata shizuka

SILVER MOON (DETAIL)

Handmade paper, skeleton leaves and calligraphy.

FALL WIND

This was a commission for haiku poet, Neal Whitman. He wrote the haiku and I translated it into Japanese.

In the Fall Wind
Suddenly falling
Scatter of Needles

秋風に
たちまち落ちて
しく松葉

FALL WIND (DETAIL)

Handmade paper and Japanese ink

GALLERY

 

ABOUT ME

I graduated from San Jose State University in 1976 with a degree in ceramics and weaving. When I began working as a U.S Forest Service fire look-out in Big Sur, California in 1979, I started making baskets with the native Coulter Pine needles that grow in the Los Padres National Forest. My baskets evolved as a kind of marriage, combining my two loves – clay and fiber.

I have worked exclusively with pine needles for over 30 years because they are so simplistic and straightforward. My only tools are my hands and a needle. The repetitive rhythm of the stitches becomes a kind of meditation. It’s amazing that one can take a material as mundane as a pine needle and create something that celebrates its beauty and strength. There are inherent limitations to the medium that create a challenge to search beyond its boundaries for something that reflects both the tradition of craft and the innovation of art.

It is my hope that when people look at my baskets they will begin to look at pine needles and the beauty of trees in a whole new way.

 

SELECTED SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

CRAFTFORMS 2018

24TH INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY FINE CRAFT

WAYNE ART CENTER, WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA

COAST HIGHWAY COLLECTIVE

POINT ARENA, CALIFORNIA

MENDOCINO ART CENTER

MEMBERS EXHIBITION


2017

JAPANESE ALPS FESTIVAL, INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, OMACHI,

JAPAN

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED 9: BASKETRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, TACOMA, WASHINGTON

AIM: ARTISTS IN MENDOCINO GROUP SHOW, MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA

2016

AIM: ARTISTS IN MENDOCINO GROUP SHOW, MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA

2015

AIM: ARTISTS IN MENDOCINO, AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK, MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA

OMACHI-MIASA -MENDOCINO ART EXCHANGE

MATSUMOTO AND OMACHI, JAPAN

2013

BY HAND: EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT IN CALIFORNIA, PENCE GALLERY, DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

2012

MIGRATIONS: KAAHC MAIN STREET GALLERY, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

2011

OMACHI-MIASA/MENDOCINO ART EXCHANGE, MATSUMOTO AND OMACHI, JAPAN

2010

MORE THAN FIBER: BEST OF SHOW, GOGGLEWORKS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, READING, PENNSYLVANIA

2009

OMACHI-MIASA/MENDOCINO ART EXCHANGE, MATSUMOTO AND GALLERY IIZURA, JAPAN

2008

TEXTILES GROUP SHOW, MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA

2007

PATHS AND CIRCLES, MENDOCINO ART CENTER, MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA

2006 - 1992

POST RANCH GALLERY, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

1987

THE BASKETRY LINK, CARTWRIGHT STREET GALLERY, VANCOUVER, B.C.

1986

THE BASKETRY LINK TRAVELING EXHIBITION

1985 - 1983

HANDWORKS GALLERY, CARMEL, CALIFORNIA

1984

KANSAS - PARAGUAY CULTURAL EXCHANGE EXHIBITION, SPECIAL AWARD, WICHITA, KANSAS AND ASCENSION, PARAGUAY

1982

MARIETTA COLLEGE CRAFT NATIONAL, MARIETTA, OHIO

CONTACT ME

Thank you for your interest. I am presently not showing at galleries. For any inquiries or commission requests, please contact me.

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15201 Seadrift Ave. Box 98 Caspar, California 95420

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