Caryn W. Stedman
C.W. Stedman is an independent artist, weaver, and jewelry-maker. Her 2-D art is primarily composed in acrylic, although she works in charcoal and pastel when she is creating studies for her paintings. She often uses her photographs for inspiration. She weaves fiber into cloth creations using a variety of looms and techniques – 4- and 8-harness, rigid heddle and tapestry looms, inkle looms, and tablets, and braids on a marudai or using discs. She makes baskets using traditional woven reeds or by coiling pine needles, sometimes combined with gourds, flat geodes, or other natural materials. Her jewelry combines braided fibers, often with beads or semi-precious stones, loom-woven beaded items and her own lost wax cast silver charms and findings. She enjoys blending her love of fiber with her love of jewelry, semi-precious stones, and beads, often embellishing her fiber items with these, and sometimes creating coordinating jewelry for the fiber items. All her items are original designs.
Acrylic on canvas. Each season is 6″x12″ in the original. Limited edition canvas giclée prints and paper prints of almost all of my work are available.
Images of reed and coiled pine needle baskets. Upper left (Lidded walnut and natural cathead) and lower right (Forest and natural lidded cathead) 14″ by 9″ with lids; Upper right (square footed storage basket with wood handles) 12″x12″ by 11″; Lower left ((Forest and walnut square to round storage basket with seagrass twining. Middle of three sizes in set (10″). Center: Coiled pine needles on pink agate base with African trade beads.
Open Studio Tour
About the Process
For painting, I am usually inspired by an image I capture in my mind’s eye. Sometimes I am able to capture it with my camera as well. I try to sketch it out as soon as I can in pencil or charcoal and then I begin to plan the execution of the work, usually in a series of pastel sketches. When I have created a satisfactory pastel, I then sketch out the same composition on my canvas and begin to paint.
In basketry, I begin by thinking about the piece I want to create and its use. I think about the particular type of weave pattern I want to use and the types of reed (flat, half round, round, etc.) and the color palette.
Weaving is much more precise and requires more advance planning. For multi-harness (multi-shaft) loom woven projects, such as the cross body messenger bag shown here, I decide what I want to create and the color palette.
How to Purchase
Images and prices for originals and prints of all my painted works are shown on my website www.thimblepeakstudiocom. Interested buyers can contact me and once we have determined shipping costs, I invoice the buyer. I accept payments by PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. Selections of my 2-D art (originals, giclee canvas prints, paper prints, notecards and greeting cards) are available for purchase at the SAAG Gallery in La Encantada. My baskets, jewelry and fiber creations are shown on my website www.thebarefoottreadler.com. This work is also available through sales sponsored by the Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild. I do a great deal of custom work, allowing the buyer to select colors, stones, etc. All available work, including prints, cards, notecard sets, jewelry, woven items, baskets (except items in the SAAG Gallery) can be purchased using cash, credit card, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle during the Open Studio Tour.