Woven cedar & button wearables
Living on wooded acreage since 1989, Sue has been inspired by the Western Redcedar and noticed that the branches were a perfect shape for an arbor. "Everything on the cedar tree has that curved shape except the trunk" says Skelly. "I use many parts of the cedar tree--bark, branchlets and roots. Working so closely with cedar, it has become the 'tree of life' for both my spirit and art."
Sue's work with cedar is a creative contemporary interpretation and includes woven wall hangings, pillow, tassels, brushes and over-sized bowls, baskets, and other sculptural pieces.
Sue's other passion is collecting vintage buttons made from mother-of-pearl, bone, wood, horn, and bakelite. After many years of sorting, washing, and storing them like precious jewels, she began to design necklaces, bracelets, neckties, and also dog collars.
Sue has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, is active in the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, and her work has been exhibited locally at Collective Visions in Bremerton, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and most recently at the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle. Much of Sue's work is commissioned. Visitors to her Poulsbo Studio are welcome by appointment.