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KELLEY WILSON

Basket Weaver


12-DAY MAKER

December 13 – December 24


BUSINESS NAME

Kelley Gurl


INSTAGRAM

@kelleygurl


Personal motto

“What's the worst that can happen?”

 

How would you describe your business?

I make Adirondack Pack Baskets and create baskets meant to be used and well loved. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

How did you get into your trade?

I grew up in Upstate New York. After high school I spent one summer and fall living in a tent and working for the Adirondack Mountain Club. I took a class to learn how to make Adirondack Pack Baskets from a seasoned basket weaver local to the area. I was instantly hooked. That was 20 years ago. The first basket I ever made has traveled the country with me multiple times, and since then I have continued to make not only pack baskets but have expanded to others as well.

Working as a maker on the Central Coast can be hard, expensive, and risky. Why do you do it?

I am obsessed with art that is meant to be used. I want someone who falls in love with one of my baskets to use it and use it hard. Weaving is therapeutic and every single basket is different. Being able to put my hands to work while nourishing my soul is a privilege that I do not take lightly.