CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Are you looking for a new hobby? Basket weaving is not only fun, it’s also easier than you think to do! Artist Jackie Abrams from Jackie Abrams.com showed us how.
About Snow Farm:
Snow Farm is located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. We are in Hampshire County, in the heart of the Pioneer Valley which is home to many of the country’s most prominent master craftspeople and just outside the five-college communities of Northampton and Amherst.
Our extensive and professionally equipped studios and our living space are a blend of a 1700s farm and contemporary, architect-designed structures set amidst 50 acres of New England hills and pastures. Snow Farm’s four living modules are designed as a series of double rooms each of which opens out onto a large outdoor deck. Single rooms are available. The kitchen is a focal point of Snow Farm with great, wholesome food made from fresh ingredients. Each meal reflects the same intimacy and caring found throughout the program.
About Jackie Abrams:
I am a maker. I create forms that reference women’s bodies, capturing their experiences and stories. These stories shape and are contained by these figurative vessels, vessels that carefully hold the content of their lives.
My pieces speak of the importance of the women in my life, of their strengths and sorrows, their growth and joys. My craft development work, with women in Africa, has had a profound influence on my work and on my life. I have learned to simplify things, to let the forms and the materials speak for themselves.
I work in collaboration with each piece as it is develops. Each one can stand alone, or in support and unity with a community of women. Each one has a story to share, a role in the world.
I have been creating baskets for almost 40 years, using and adapting well-practiced skills. I work intuitively with my materials: silks and cottons, archival paper, wires, sand, threads, buttons, encaustic wax, and acrylic paints and mediums. Their colors and textures inform the vessels I create.