Our very popular Annual Artisans’ Market is coming up on November 10th at Laura’s Library, and this Saturday (October 13), we have a really special treat – an artisan demonstration featuring five of our local craftspeople. This is an opportunity to see how something is made up close and to ask questions of someone who has dedicated years to the pursuit of learning how to create beautiful things. Drop in any time between noon and 3pm at Laura’s Library. Bring your kids along to open up the world of artistic possibilities to them.

Lisa Adkins will demonstrate basketmaking. Lisa has been weaving baskets since 2000 and shares her craft through teaching. She works with hand-dyed reeds and canes as well as pine needles she gathers herself.

Barbara Attwell will demonstrate felting. Barbara regularly leads crafting workshops at Westbank and Laura’s Libraries. She is a versatile artist who also works in painting, sculpture, and illustration. You can see more of Barbara’s work on her website At the Well.

Carolyn Brooks will demonstrate printmaking. Carolyn works with ceramic, fiber, and paper, and she teaches gelatin printing at the Contemporary Austin when she is not working as a school counselor at Eanes.

Donna Coates will demonstrate fiber arts. Donna has been spinning, dyeing, knitting, and weaving for about 40 years. She designs and creates her own yarns using fiber from angora rabbits, alpacas, llamas, angora goats, and sheep. She teaches beginning yarn spinning at Hill Country Weavers.

Herb Ingram will demonstrate woodturning, using a chisel and lathe to discover the unique patterns inside a piece of timber. Herb makes his one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces from Texas hardwoods that he harvests and cures himself. You can see more of Herb’s work at Herbs Woodcrafts.

Is there a craft you would like to learn? We are busy lining up next year’s programming at the library, so let us know!

See you Saturday!