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Cultural Demonstration: Bamboo Art

Bamboo, A Collaboration With Nature

Bamboo has a wonderfully simple structure which lends itself to being shaped by hand into objects of beauty.

Charissa Brock, a local artist who has been working with bamboo for close to 20 years, will first talk about bamboo as a plant then walk viewers through the process of preparing material to weave a simple basket.


About the speaker

Charissa Brock is a fiber artist working with bamboo, a giant grass that has been used for centuries to create baskets and other everyday objects. She integrates wood, glass, paper and thread as visual accents and structural components. Her abstract sculptures are crafted using basketry, woodworking, and fiber art techniques.  In addition to her studio practice, she teaches workshops across the United States. In spring of 2017, a Japanese TV show hosted her in Japan, and she had the opportunity to interact with members of the bamboo community for an episode of “Who wants to Come to Japan?”  That exceptional opportunity allowed her to meet and learn from people with a long tradition of working with the material she loves. Her artwork is in private collections nationwide as well as Arizona State University Museum, the Rivermark Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Maui. Her work is represented by Riversea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon and Viewpoints Gallery in Maui.