ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist Statement

I love to integrate and dance with colors, textures, and patterns when making jewelry and weaving art baskets and sculptures.

My training as a dancer, choreographer, and Alexander Technique teacher has taught me about balance, transitions, integration, dynamic stability, and the integrity of tension and tone. All these qualities come into play in creating a seamless continuity that shapes and defines space, emotes, tells a story, brings the unexpected, and may take the observer on a journey of their own.

There’s a spontaneous interplay similar to couple dancing:  as the artist I’m following where the creative flow leads and I embellish my partner’s lead as it unfolds.

Neuroscientist Sandra Bond Chapman said that innovation involves the unknown, paradox, and infinite possibilities.

I love to integrate seemingly disparate components until there is a beautiful, harmonious, and uplifting melody.

This is how I know when one of my pieces is finished…it sings.  And each piece has its own song.

Tabrizo Jasmina Twill Basket by Kristy Walker

Jasmina and Tabrizo (in twill reed basket), my artistic directors for a photo shoot.

For me the highest expression of art is to bring beauty, joy, love, and harmony into the world.  I hope my art will inspire others to create in their own unique way.

In art there’s a metamorphosis – something has changed and now I’m on a new path, moving in a new direction. Perhaps one I wasn’t expecting, yet one that resonates and moves me forward in a heart opening and uplifting way.  Leaving me renewed and ready to explore.

It really is about the journey…learning, growing, and knowing, becoming refined by experience.  Reinventing myself.

—Lisa Galbraith Heyl

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Since you’re an expression of the Sound and Light of God, do you want to bring beauty, joy, love, and harmony to the world?  Then choose words that do that.  The words you speak are an expression of what you are and what you’d like to be.

—Harold Klemp, A Modern Prophet Answers Your Key Questions about Life, p. 13

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Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Niche Awards  Finalist – Professional / Woven / Basketry (A Jewel of Pagoda Wisdom)
  • 2017 Hopkins Center for the Arts – Members’ Spring Show – Honorable Mention (Aqua Terra Flora)
  • 2016 Minnesota State Fair – Creative Activities – Second Premium Place – Basketry, Plait (Harlequin’s Riddle in Juxtaposition)
  • 2015 Hopkins Center for the Arts – Members’ Spring Show – Honorable Mention (Graceful Transcendence)

Affiliations

  • Textile Center of Minnesota
  • NBO (National Basketry Organization)
  • American Crafts Council
  • Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts

 

Acknowledgements

Tabra Tunoa– indirectly inspired me to make necklaces and bracelets to go with her amazing earrings

Nancy Jacobs– her YouTube videos taught me basic basketry skills and techniques, and how to make my first basket using her basket pattern

Sherri West– kindly helped me find a teacher in the west metro and has passed on lots of useful tips, suggestions, and encouragements

Susan Dickman– helped me get started with knowing what tools I needed, ordering basketry supplies, taught me how to wet reed and start my first reed basket, has and continues to encourage and support me all along the way

Jackie Abrams– taught my first basketry workshop:  introduced me to bias plaiting, painting using acrylic paints on heavy watercolor paper, using the pasta machine to cut weavers, lashing on a rim using the blanket stitch, braiding with paper weavers, and shared her wonderful kimono and pillow basket patterns, and experimenting with asymmetrical plaiting sculptures.

Patty Carmody Smith– has been an inspiration, wonderful friend and supporter, she’s brought me into the west metro art community and shared her artistic journey and made my own easier

Andrea Altman– another friend and local artist who’s been encouraging and generously offering suggestions of resources and avenues to pursue

Jack– my husband has lovingly supported and enthusiastically admired my pieces, one by one over the years and has helped me in a variety of ways, often quietly behind the scenes

My mother– from my early childhood, she encouraged, supported, and transported me to studies of performing arts (dance, music) attended recitals and performances, encouraged me in other artistic pursuits and is a watercolor artist herself and has been a jewelry lover most of her life

Suzanne– my sister has been very supportive, encouraging, and has been lovingly promoting my artistic endeavors and pieces throughout the years, and she is also a jewelry lover and promoter of the fine and performing arts

Lois– dear friend and amazingly talented artist who lovingly created beautiful graphics for my website and business/post cards

Imogen– wonderful fellow Alexander Technique teacher and web designer for both of my professional websites; she makes it so easy and effortless, and is truly gifted

Bethany– such a talented lady (opera singer and photographer) and new friend; her photographs of my art truly present them in the best way and light, and it makes it even more special to work with her with the Alexander Technique as well

Laura E.– great friend and supporter of my work, enjoys wearing it, a fellow color enthusiast, and has steadfastly been encouraging me for many years

Catherine– wonderful friend with loving enthusiasm and appreciation for my artistic process and evolution in creative expressions, she encourages me to go even deeper and explore further, and graciously shares her joy in my pieces

Mary– dear friend who is a true inspiration artistically and in other loving ways, and has encouraged me and supported my artistic endeavors over almost forty years

Kristy– her talent for friendship and nature life photographer is truly special, she caught a wonderful moment with Jasmina and Tabrizo during a photo shoot that appears on this website

Michael C.– encouraged me from the very beginning in making jewelry, and continues to support and appreciate my artistic endeavors

Michael E.– has helped me over the many years of our friendship and introduced me early on to a more artistic and polished way to market yourself and art

Marcia and Bob Paul– for their gracious and generous time and skills in photographing some of my art for the Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour brochures and website and to use on this website

Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour Artists– for allowing me to join in your 2015 events and May tour as a guest artist, it’s wonderful to be a part of such a talented and diverse group of artists