Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kudzu Kabin Desgns

Kudzu Kabin Designs, in Walhalla, South Carolina is the home, studio and store of Nancy Basket. Beautiful cards and baskets made from Kudzu. She also has recipes that range from Kudzu Quiche to paper made from Kudzu leaves.

Really a fascinating site and I
definitely plan on stopping by her studio if I'm in the area!

THE ARTIST NANCY BASKET, in 1989, began experimenting with the "notorious" kudzu vine after moving to the Carolinas to be close to the Cherokee Reservation. Nancy shares her Native American heritage, by re-telling ancient legends orally and through her art. She says of her work," I feel the old ones guiding my fingers and I am proud to be making something beautiful." A contemporary basket maker and fiber artist, Nancy takes her name from the work she does, and from her Cherokee grandmother, long ago Margaret Basket. She is an artist-in-education in basketry, papermaking and storytelling in the Carolinas.

Visit Nancy at her home and choose from her 150 different 5" x 7" kudzu art cards. Each card has it's own native story on the back. Find a frame on the wall to fit and you have a unique gift for all occasions guaranteed never to grow again! Purchase a larger wall piece for your home, commission a special canvas, covered in kudzu with your colors in mind.

Come see Nancy's 100-year old barn where bales of kudzu are both the walls and insulation. This is the only kudzu bales building in the world. Take a class, or see kudzu paper being made.

1105 East Main Street
Walhalla, SC 29691

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 to 4
Sunday and after hours by appointment only