Betsy Bauer Studio - Wrappedrockz
About The Artist
Santa Fe, NM
Mixed Media • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Inspired by the drama of the primal rock landscape of the Southwest and my Zen Buddhist practice, I make sculptures and jewelry in my Santa Fe studio. Using stones I collect and wrap in natural cane, I fuse ancient Japanese basketry knots with contemporary design influenced by New Mexico, where I have lived for 3 decades. I love using natural, sustainable materials to make smaller objects of art available to bring nature, simplicity and joy to a larger audience.
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I use rocks and natural cane. Many of the rocks I have collected over years in New Mexico, where I live and on my travels. Friends gift me rocks, too. With my painting and drawing background, I am constantly doing drawings for my designs and study Japanese basketry knots and naval knots. I soak the cane and wrap the rocks in my studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For some designs, I custom dye the cane. Some days, I quietly fall into a meditative state wrapping rocks. Other days, I am full of energy and bounce between drawing, designing new styles and experimenting with new ideas.