2010 Winners of the American Bamboo Societies Arts and Crafts Awards

American Bamboo Society

The 2010 Arts and Crafts Awards

By Charissa Brock

In 2010 there were 13 applicants (the same number as last year) from 6 states and 3 countries (Germany, China, and USA). Adds for the Awards Competition were posted in Fiber arts Magazine, Woodworkers magazine, a national arts elisting, The PNW Source list, and Bamboo Magazine.

The following applicants were recognized for their interesting and inspiring work.

 Kathy Bruce from New York, New York was awarded first place and 700$.

She says of her work:

The structures I build explore archetypal female forms that act as metaphors for traditional ideas associated with mother earth, Pacha Mama and the fertility of the earth, thus reconnecting contemporary society with its longstanding ritual traditions related to nature.

I have constructed a number of figures over the past several years exploring sculptural structures in bamboo that are built around or contain live plant material. My interests lie in creating temporary monumental sculptures utilizing organic materials that respond to the climate, eco –system, plant and animal life in the environment.

Juror Comments: Bruce’s work is amazing! Her large-scale figurative work demonstrates a great deal of technical skill as well as artistic vision. Her work is also a wonderful inspiration for would-be and current bamboo artists.

Juror Comments:  Strong resume and project proposal.  Nice visuals.  Overall good package of materials.

Diane Willow from Minneapolis, was awarded second place and 400$ for her work.

Diane Willow is a multi-modal artist. Her public installations, interactive environments and evocative objects involve media as eclectic as bamboo, bioluminescent organisms, embedded computers, found sound and time-lapsed video. She invites people to engage in multi-sensory explorations as participants and choreographers rather than simply as viewers. She is interested in exploring the subtle ways that we express empathy with one another and with other life forms, with sensing objects and with responsive environments

Juror Comments:  Diane is a well-accomplished artist with a strong background in the arts and it shows in her innovation in the use of bamboo in conjunction with electronics and other modern materials.  Her work is clean and conceptually exciting and enrolls the public in a visceral way that draws attention to bamboo as the dominant element in her sculpture work.


Juror Comments: Willow’s entry demonstrates a strong commitment to using bamboo as a major element in her artwork. Her cable tie fastening technique is both simple and elegant and fits with her merging of high/low tech and natural materials.

Jim Rinde from Camarillo, Ca, tied for third place and was awarded 200$

“As a long time Wood turner I have often thought of incorporating bamboo into one of my turnings but the design inspiration never came together until this past year.  I was talking to one of my fellow Wood turners (Linda Brothers), who is also a bamboo artist and grower and she offered me some bamboo. I accepted the offer and then designed and made the bowl. …The technique I used to make the bowl is the same as what I use when I make turnings from wood or other materials such as pine cones and ferns. This technique consists of making a design for the bamboo and them casting it in liquid epoxy resin, curing the resin to form a solid block of material and then turning it using a woodturning lathe and tools.

Juror Comments: Rinde’s bowl is not only beautiful and intriguing, but also showcases some of bamboo’s unique structural qualities.

Juror Comments:  Jim has done some breakthrough work in incorporating bamboo into the arena of bowl turning.  Although his bowl is machined and finely finished, the character of the bamboo is boldly and unusually expressed in the patterns and exposed grain of bamboo.

Thea Lanzisero from Huntington, NY also tied for third and was awarded 200$.

Thea Lanzisero creates work in sculpture and installation. Her large outdoor constructions made of bamboo, speak about spiritual utopias- ironically Neanderthal, post apocalyptic, and temporary. This work directly responds to being aware of our surroundings using renewable materials and resources including solar power- willing the energy from the sun to light at night. A sense of belonging and being at one with the environment, a feeling akin to spiritual balance, is what the artist is after.

Juror Comments:  Impressive resume, strong project description.

Juror Comments: I enjoy the fact that Lanzsero involves community participation in her large-scale work.

Juror Comments:  I am most impressed with Thea’s work, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but because she incorporates technology, performance, and public participation into the process of creating these works.  She is in the forefront of those who promote a public awareness to the possibilities of bamboo in the arts.


The jurors

ABS was very lucky to have Jan Hopkins, Greg Kono, and Cal Hashimoto agree to jury. All are busy artists, craftsman, and business people, yet they managed to make some time for us. Comments from all three were invaluable and I am so very grateful for the care with which they approached the task. This would not have been possible without their timely help.

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2 Responses to 2010 Winners of the American Bamboo Societies Arts and Crafts Awards

  1. Frank Colson says:

    I have a forest of bamboo in my yard here in Sarasota, Florida. From the “Sheathes”
    of my bamboo, I have created a series of ink drawings on their surfaces!

    Is there any possibility to promote (market) this work with your organization?

    Please return an email response with which I may send an attachment of images!

    Thank you for your prompt response to this inquiry.

    Frank Colson

    • artsandcrafts says:

      Dear Frank,
      Thank you for your interest in our organization. There are opportunities to promote your work with us. The American Bamboo Society has a source list. One of the benefits of being a member of the Society is to be included in the source list. We have a paper and web version of it. Another is to be able to participate in a local chapters festival (yours is the florida Chapter and the national convention. Sometimes artists have sales booths. You can also submit an article about your work to the magazine, “Bamboo”. You can also apply for an arts and crafts award, which is what this blog is about. Winners images are used on the website, and in ads. The email address to send an application to is at the bottom of the application page. You can also promote your work through the bamboo craft forum.

      Kind regards,
      Charissa Brock
      Arts and Crafts Award Coordinator, American Bamboo Society

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