Shannon Kaye's Profile

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I was 11 years old when my family moved to a mountain town west of Boulder, Colorado. It was there, along with hiking, biking and swimming, I developed my passion for gathering, arranging and decorating my room. My favorite finds were river rocks, driftwood, bird nests, pine cones, and wildflowers. Not much has changed. I continue to hike, bike, gather, and decorate my home.


What did change was the evolution of my creative passion to basket making and fiber arts. My gathering arena became the beautiful Redstone Canyon, just west of Fort Collins, where I lived for many years. The rich environment offered unique opportunities for me to expand my gathering selections, and my inventory exploded with earthy treasures of horsehair, pine needles, tree roots, Siberian Iris, yucca, and bamboo. For my baskets, I learned to make handmade paper and cordage. Gourds of all…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 13
  • Joined March 2, 2010

Favorite materials

Books, paper, fabric, leather, acrylics, cigar boxes, yarns, plants, raffia, wicker, selvedge, wood

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About

I was 11 years old when my family moved to a mountain town west of Boulder, Colorado. It was there, along with hiking, biking and swimming, I developed my passion for gathering, arranging and decorating my room. My favorite finds were river rocks, driftwood, bird nests, pine cones, and wildflowers. Not much has changed. I continue to hike, bike, gather, and decorate my home.


What did change was the evolution of my creative passion to basket making and fiber arts. My gathering arena became the beautiful Redstone Canyon, just west of Fort Collins, where I lived for many years. The rich environment offered unique opportunities for me to expand my gathering selections, and my inventory exploded with earthy treasures of horsehair, pine needles, tree roots, Siberian Iris, yucca, and bamboo. For my baskets, I learned to make handmade paper and cordage. Gourds of all shapes and sizes, with their gnarly bumps and protrusions, gave me the makings for unique sculptures and vessels.


As time went on, I began exhibiting in select shows, including three years at the Santa Fe Fiesta Show and Currigan Hall in Denver. My work was on exhibit in galleries throughout Colorado, including Boulder, Vail and Denver.


Over the last nine years, my dedication to nature and preservation has led me to the art of folded books and handmade paper sculptures and vessels. My designs straddle the line between steampunk and contemporary. Included in my process is a wide range of materials, including wood, handmade paper, books, painted canvas, magazines, brown bags, leather, rivets, brass screws, waxed linen, hemp string, acrylics, glass beads, and glue.


For me, “one thing leads to another”' means inspiration is born from change. By staying vigilant, designs emerge, ideas flow, and I am rewarded with personal satisfaction and growth.

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