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Basket making was an accident. On a whim, I took a class several years ago and suddenly I was hooked. I had always enjoyed needle arts, but basketry was something different. My first baskets were very traditional in form and material. As I explored the art of basketry further, I started incorporating non-traditional materials into my baskets: wire, metal, beads, buttons, waxed linen and various other fibers.
Eventually I discovered watercolor paper. Paper allows me an infinite amount of possibilities for expression with color, texture and shape. I start by creating a design on the paper with a variety of techniques (paints, dyes, inks or gluing or sewing other items to the surface). The paper is then cut into strips for weaving. Sometimes I create the paper and weave with a specific basket idea in mind. Other times, I simply began creating the surface of the paper and follow the design where it takes me. Either way, it's always a wonderful adventure.
Stephanie Funck is a basket maker living and working in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in regional galleries and art festivals. She is a founding member and current President of the Madison Area Basket Weavers Guild. In 1980, she received a
B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.