Marty Kemp is a Wisconsin native living in Egg Harbor , one of the beautiful areas in Door County. Creating art has been part of her life; Even in her youth, she always had some art project in the works . However, pine needle art hits right to Kemp's heart .
She was attracted to pine needle coiling after seeing a stunning basket . Kemp loved the earthiness and beauty of creating something useful with what nature provides. The process of using long leaf pine needles is called coiling which is one of the oldest forms of basket weaving . The ancient art of coiling is part of America’s history for the Native Americans used this art to create baskets for every day use and more elaborate and beautiful baskets for ceremonies.
She uses dyed, natural or baked pine needles along with waxed thread and stitch section to make each piece unique. The base of each piece varies. The ceramic bases are made by potters for coiling. Other bases include slice walnut shells, birch bark, wood pieces or any other material that would provide the needle formation.
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