Messick is a Contemporary Basketmaker, workshop leader
and writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specializing
in the use of natural materials, which she has grown
or gathered from the wild.
of materials, techniques and forms makes
each creation individually creative and, unique. She
has taught and exhibited nationally, as well as internationally,
has authored chapters in 2 books: "Natural Baskets"
published by Storey and Makiniz the "New Baskets"
Published by Lark. Her baskets were
featured in "Sky Magazine", Delta's inflight
magazine. Magazines and basketry publications have published
is currently working on clay and vine combinations and
exploring the use of recycled wire.
I find much of the excitement, fun and inspiration for
my basketry comes from nature's endless bounty. The
forms, colors and textures found 'in my baskets are
all reflections of my close relationship with their
source. Nests, knotholes and roots draw me in. The play
of shadows and light found in the woods where I live
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is great inspiration.
integration is important to me: like weaving together
disparate parts of our lives to make a whole.
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