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15201 Seadrift Ave. Box 98 Caspar, California 95420

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CAROLYN ZEITLER

Pine Needle Basketry

 

CURRENTS 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.

 
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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

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ICHIRINZASHI - 一輪挿し
VASE FOR ONE FLOWER

Coulter Pine Needles and Raffia
12" x 12"

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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

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SILVER MOON (DETAIL)

Handmade paper, skeleton leaves and calligraphy.

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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

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FALL WIND (DETAIL)

Handmade paper and Japanese ink

GALLERY

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EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

2020

FEATURED ARTIST - ARTS IN THE GARDENS

MENDOCINO BOTANICAL GARDENS

FORT BRAGG, CALIFORNIA

MARIN SOCIETY OF ARTISTS : "ARTIST'S VISION"

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA

MENDOCINO ART CENTER

MEMBER'S EXHIBITION

2018

CRAFTFORMS 2018

24 INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY FINE ART

WAYNE ART CENTER

WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA

MEMBERS IN PRINT: VESSELS

NATIONAL BASKETRY ORGANIZATION 

SUMMER 2018 ISSUE 71

MENDOCINO ARTS MAGAZINE

FALL/WINTER 2018

COAST HIGHWAY COLLECTION

POINT ARENA, CALIFORNIA

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

2015
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

 

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.

 

CONTACT ME

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

15201 Seadrift Ave. Box 98 Caspar, California 95420

 

CLASSES

Mendocino Art Center

September 4 - 6, 2020

Create a basket using the long-needled Coulter pines which grow in the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Los Padres. With just raffia, a darning needle and pine needles, learn how to create a unique design as you experiment using four distinctive stitches. Students will complete a unique and fragrant vessel and have the skills and knowledge to continue exploring this art form.

 
Green Wheat Stitch Basket

Dyed and Natural Coulter pine needles and raffia 12"w x 4"h

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