Bonnie Gale, Willow Artist

Premiere Air Date: 
October 6, 2013

Season 2, Episode 1

Featuring local willow artist Bonnie Gale, international dance troupe “Motionhouse”, French artist Georges Braque, and pop artist and animator Sanjay Patel.

View Bonnie's Artist Cafe segment here:

Web Extra: Basket Tree



My work is focused on spatial containment and definition. My medium is willow. Functionality is the leading principle. I create beauty.”

Although there was a profusion of traditional willow basketry in Nineteenth century Eastern and Mid-Western United States, the immigrant basketmakers and their descendant trainees have almost passed away. Through my traditional willow basketmaking, I hope to keep the traditions alive. In recent years, I have started to explore the field of living willow structures, which is another exciting way to use willows.  The building of living willow structures in school residencies, for private clients and in large scale community installations has become an important part of my work. I love the intense functionality and beauty of willow.