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Woven Branch Designs

Contemporary Basketry, Gourd & Fiber Art

detail of basket ~ Haven










Woven Branch Designs
round reed basket ~ Mini Fade to Black

Angie Wagner has been attending fine art and craft shows since she was a child, helping her parents who did re-seating on antique chairs and colonial reproduction woodworking. She began weaving rush seats at age 11. Bored, on a slow day at the Pennsylvania Dutch Kutztown Folk Festival, she asked her mother if she could try rushing a stool seat. That stool is still in her possession today and the next stool was sold later that week. From then on, her rush stools and chairs were sold along with her mother's work. As her family’s small business grew, she learned more theory about the arts of re-seating and basket weaving. It took quite a few years before she actually tried her hand at basketry.

Angie attended Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. Her first 2 years were spent in the Fine Arts department. The material for the final project in a 3-D Design class was paper. Taking many sheets of gray and navy watercolor paper and cutting them into long strips, she used coiling techniques to weave her first basket. Rolling the strips of paper and stitching them together with raffia was a meditative process. The finished piece is only 6 inches high, but it took many hours to complete. During a year off from classes, she changed her major and wove her second basket. By this time, she was addicted to basket weaving and fiber arts. During the past 18 years, she has earned her degree from Kutztown University, received juried status for basketry in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Lehigh Valley Chapter PGC, worked in the family business, Country Seat, Inc., and explored the art of basketry and fiber arts at fine art and craft shows. She has exhibited her baskets at shows, such as the Weller Gallery Show, the Pennsylvania Dutch Kutztown Folk Festival, the Lehigh Valley, the Bucks County and the Berks County Chapters of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and several of the PGC's shows, as well as many other fine art and crafts shows, shops and galleries.

Her work runs from hand-painted traditional style baskets to unique contemporary round reed baskets, to beaded jewelry, to gourd art woven with Irish waxed linen and pine needles. Her baskets are original pieces that often evolve as she is weaving. Sometimes a certain shape or idea begins the basket and at other times the materials determine the style of the basket. She works to create symmetry and contemporary forms from chaotic natural materials. Angie utilizes natural materials and also commercially prepared rattan reeds. She grows and harvests many of the accents used in her work, which led to her business name Woven Branch Designs.

Currently she is focusing on teaching and writing patterns for new designs as well as exploring new techniques and materials.

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Woven Branch Designs
Angie Wagner
1007 Old Philly Pike
Kempton PA 19529-9321

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