Arts & Crafts Winners
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ABS 2007 Annual
Arts & Crafts Competition Winners

This year there were 16 entrants from 11 states and Mexico. For more information, contact:

ABS Arts & Crafts Coordinator
PO Box 14578
Portland, OR 97293


Robin McBride Scott (basketry with canebrake bamboo) $500

Celebrating the personality of bamboo

4222 East County Road 750 North
New Castle, Indiana 47362-9215

Honoring the Ancestors

Arundinaria gigantea (river cane) is the material Robin McBride Scott weaves into her traditional mats and basketry. She has dedicated herself to researching techniques that would have been lost to her Cherokee heritage. In 2006, The Smithsonian declared Robin “Carrier of Culture: Living Native Basket Traditions”


Terry Green (bamboo interior design) Honorable Mention

5022 Sun Circle
Sarasota, FL 34234-3762

Terry Green’s remodel of a bathroom in a “Green” Certified home showcased “the wondrous aesthetic properties of bamboo.”


Myrna Balk (recycled bamboo for public sculptures) Honorable Mention

36 Woodland Road
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Outdoor installations of recycled bamboo were the focus of Myrna Balk’s application. However, her Web site reveals her passionate concern for “international social atrocities.”


Carter Sio (furniture design) $200

Celebrating the personality of bamboo

George School
Newtown, PA 18940

Carter has been a faculty member in the Arts Department at George School in Newtown, PA since 1984. His application included photographs of some of his recent work created this spring while he was on sabbatical. He was awarded a fellowship/visiting artist residency at the Center for furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME. He writes of this work, “combining bamboo with solid wood is especially interesting since the contrast of color, texture and shape is subtle yet eye catching. The goal was to make bamboo the decorative element of every piece I built.”


Kathy Pallie (ceramics) $200

Bamboo as design motif

47 Marin Bay Park Ct.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Kathy Pallie cites “nature as my inspiration.” Surrounded by bamboo In her garden, Kathy feels a “sense of strength, gracefulness, and serenity.” She will use her Award money to create a large wall piece dedicated to a grove of bamboo.


Paul Schurch (furniture) $200

Bamboo as design motif

731 Bond Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Schurch Woodwork sent images of several pieces of furniture that incorporated bamboo marquetry. His images of bamboo were “inspired by the timelessness of this material and its many uses by countless societies over the ages”. His work has been featured in such magazines as Fine Woodworking, Architectural Digest and Sunset.


Daniel Rossi (lamps) $500

New & innovative

973 Metropolitan Avenue, Apt. 2L
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Organic Light Web site

Organic Light is Daniel Rossi’s latest collection of bamboo lights. His work “references the natural color, form and texture of the material All sustained by structural design elements that make the lamp functional.” “The concept of eco-friendliness is important as we move into a world that is more conscious of depleting natural resources.”


Anne Bossert (furniture) $200

New & innovative

1624 S. Whitcomb St
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Anne writes, “Every piece I make will not look like the rest.” She received her MFA in fibers from Colorado State University and fiber is an integral part of her furniture. Her proposal included multiple images of very colorful furniture that she dyes multiple times to achieve saturated color. Anne proposed incorporating bamboo into new work, and the jurors were absolutely sure she would be successful!


Martha Spragg (ink bamboo) Honorable Mention

Apt 3, 141 Galen Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4507

Since the early 1990s, Martha Spragg has concentrated on ink bamboo. As She says herself, “When I paint ink bamboo, I follow my brush.” She submitted fifty pen and ink line drawings of P. Nigra (Black Bamboo) which she hopes to publish into a book.

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