American Master Weaver Tina Puckett of Winsted, CT, pictured with some of her baskets, woven flower sculptures, and a handwoven tiki bar

AMERICAN MASTER WEAVER TINA PUCKETT is a self-taught artist who has been weaving since 1981.

Tina is much influenced by the bittersweet vine that grows locally in the northwest corner of Connecticut where she lives. The character of each piece of vine literally dictates what form each basket, bowl, wall sculpture or piece of furniture will take. As Tina then applies her imagination and sense of color to the structural form and to the weaving, indescribably dynamic and colorful works of art emerge.

Tina's study of set design in college developed her understanding of both color and construction. She has created her own weaving technique, which she calls "Dimensional Weaving," in which she lays down layer upon layer of reeds of different colors to produce multi-hued, richly-textured, highly dimensional woven sculpture. This technique is clearly seen in the different shades of color that define the petals in Tina's giant flower sculptures and the mountains in her woven landscape sculptures.  With her knowledge of construction, Tina is able to build very sturdy pieces of furniture on legs of twisted bittersweet vine. Adding a beveled glass surface to a table top allows visual appreciation of the colorful dimensional weaving throughout a table's bittersweet frame.

Tina's works have been exhibited in museums, art galleries, libraries and at craft show events both nationally and internationally. Her work has also been featured in magazines, newspapers, books and on television.

Tina has been selected as a 2014 Guest Artist in the Breckenridge, Colorado Tin Shop Guest Artist Program — a program attracting talented artists from around the country and around the world affording the public an opportunity to interact with these artists in the form of open studio hours and hands-on workshops. Tina will be Tin Shop's Guest Artist from July 24 to August 9, 2014 — a wonderful opportunity to observe her weaving techniques up close and in process, to interact with her on the creation of a woven piece, or to purchase one of her finished artworks. The public is cordially invited to attend the Public Reception for Tina on Thursday, July 24, from 6-9 pm. For further information on the Public Reception or the Introduction to Basketweaving workshop Tina will give on the evening of Thursday, July 31, see my Shows page.

Tina's studio and showroom in Winsted, CT, is open by appointment.

Tina's blog on Etsy.