Happy Holidays Virtual Artisan Market

We'll miss seeing you in person this year as you browse our creations, however we decided during these uncertain times, in an effort to protect everyone's health, to go virtual as many other markets have done. Read our artisan bios and check out our artisan spaces pages . Each of us is responsible for our own sales and deliveries. You can contact us through the contact form on this site or at our links provided on each artisan spaces page. 817 Arts Alliance has provided in person holiday shopping experiences annually in downtown Arlington since 2011 along with other occasional artisan made events in the DFW area such as a couple of Fall Gallery Night events at BRIT in Fort Worth. Please support local artisans through this online event this year and help keep the creativity flowing while snagging unique gifts for the people on your shopping list.

TxWeaver - Susan Ashley

I have been weaving baskets since 1983 and have created baskets using many styles and materials. Lately, I have been creating gourd art by weaving on dried gourds and coiling pine needles into baskets and ornaments. I even weave copper for necklace pendants.

Weaving on gourds is challenging because it requires mastering special power tools and finishing techniques. Many hours of prep work are involved before a gourd is ready for the final step of weaving on the rim.

My pine needle basketry began when I moved to Arlington in 2003 into a home surrounded by pine trees and found my yard covered with potential weaving material.

Color and texture are the driving forces behind each piece. I start with a color and then carefully choosing embellishments like rock slices, handblown glass, shells, beads, leather and feathers to add texture.

I delight in creating woven art every day — playing with color and texture and experimenting with new techniques. I feel I am “up-cycling” humble natural materials to create colorful art inspired by nature and often by Native American Art.

For more examples of my work and where you can purchase it, please visit my artisan space.