This morning I attended a four hour basket weaving class from 10 to 2. Susan Kute, offers many morning, evening and weekend classes for beginners to experts. Not only does she supply anything you could imagine to use on a basket, she dyes all her own colored reeds. She also donates $20 from your class fee to Habitat for Humanity.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Neal Morris of Henry County turns wood in his barn worksop. He uses mostly handmade tools as well as machinery that he tweaks himself to make it just right for Neal.
Here are some of his finished products set up in his basement shop.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Starting my morning with some spinning. I tried out my flicker to attain a different look with combining the wool. It turned out quite interesting.
Then I made a trip down to Hound Dog Press, owned and operated by Nick Baute and Robert Ronk. It is a full service letterpress shop located at 309 East Market Street. They continue to use machinery that dates back as far as 1892 to as recent as the 1960s. They use the same concept that Johannes Gutenberg invented in 1440, which is the movable type printing press.
I also visited the Louisville Visual Art Association
located in the Historic Water Tower. Louisville's Water Tower is the oldest ornamental water tower in the world, dating to 1856.
A nice Fibers piece by Colleen Toutant.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The little loomhouse is a group of 3 historic cabins where Lou Tate, a famous spinner and weaver, worked and lived. It is located in the south end of Louisville at 328 Keenwood Hill Road. It is run soley by volunteers so they recommend that you call ahead before you visit. I was unable to tour it today because the voluteers were out, but I'm going to try back tomorrow.
I also visited the Mellwood Arts Center today, where I visited several galleries and just enjoyed the character the building has to offer. It was once the Fisher Meat Packing Company, but is now renovated and offers many galleries, studios and office spaces. You can feel and see the history of this complex, as they kept the majority of the architectural features.