Willow Artist Bonnie Gale

June 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

An Artist Cafe  segment on willow artist Bonnie Gale from WSKG.

“My work is focused on spatial containment and definition. My medium is willow. Functionality is the leading principle. I create beauty.

Although there was a profusion of traditional willow basketry in the Nineteenth century in the Eastern and Mid-Western United States, the immigrant basketmakers and their descendant trainees have almost passed away. Through my traditional willow basketmaking, I hope to keep the traditions alive. In recent years, I have started to explore the field of living willow structures, which is another exciting way to use willows.  The building of living willow structures in school residences, for private clients and in large scale community installations has become an important part of my work. I love the intense functionality and beauty of willow.”

– Bonnie Gale