Artist Kim Keats teaches the “joy of random weaving”

Take a peek inside a basketry class taught by South Carolina Arts Commission Craft Fellow Kim Keats through Local Life, a monthly column in the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet. Local Life is written by Lisa AnneLouise Rentz, publicity coordinator for ARTworks in Beaufort, where Keats teaches classes.

An excerpt:

“‘If you’ve got something loose or popping out, just weave more over it, that’s the joy of random weaving,’ Kim Keats told her class. We were seated around worktables covered with grape vines, bins of water, and baskets in progress. … Supple ribbons of bark soaked in one of the bins. Gathering is a part of her creative process. Use of materials is important to her — she doesn’t want to let anything go to waste — ‘turning a tree into something beautiful.'”

Read the complete column.

Keats’ next class begins Tues., Nov. 6 and runs weekly through Dec. 4. Class is held from 6 – 8 p.m. Registration is $55. Find out more about the class and how to register on ARTWorks’ website.

Photo above: Example of Keats’ work made of poplar bark, waxed linen and palmetto root. More photos of Keats’ work can be found here.

Via: Lisa AnneLouise Rentz, Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet

Kim Keats basket class at ARTworks

Artist Kim Keats, right, demonstrates “the joy of random weaving.”