“Intertwined” is guest curated by Blue Spiral 1, an art gallery in Asheville, and features items from fiber artist Kimberly English; basket maker Clay Burnette; and ceramics artist Lisa Belsky.
English lives and works in Western North Carolina as a teaching artist. She earned her BFA in Fibers as a Distinguished Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA in Studio Art subsequently. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently through Vox Populi, the Museum of Craft and Design, and the Ackland Museum at UNC Chapel Hill. Since learning to weave in 2014, English has been captivated by the magic of this ancient process. These contemporary interpretations of traditional overshot cloth utilize long thread floats that emphasize the organic nature of thread within a calculated system, ultimately expanding the limitations of woven cloth while acknowledging the reciprocal relationship between threads.
Burnette is a self-taught pine needle basket maker who has coiled longleaf pine needles with waxed linen thread for almost 45 years. He has exhibited his work in over 250 venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has exhibited his baskets at the Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Craft Show, ACC Atlanta Craft Show, ACC Charlotte Craft Show, SOFA New York, and SOFA Chicago. He has been included in numerous print publications.
Belsky is a studio artist and art educator from Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Ohio State University. She has been teaching studio art for over 15 years in a variety of academic settings including the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio State University, Otterbein University and several community art centers. She is currently the studio manager and teacher at Black Hound Clay studio in Philadelphia. She exhibits her work across the country and has been featured in several publications.