News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Bridgewater, Virginia-July 4, 2006 - Heritage Basket Studio and Chair Caning's Mitchell Webster announced today that his baskets have been juried by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and accepted for sale in their galleries and gift shops.
Mr. Webster says this is a milestone for him to be accepted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The first milestone came when he was juried into the Artisans Center of Virginia in May 2000 and was selected by Michael Monroe, former Curator-in-Chief of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institutes.
Mitchell says he weaves in various styles; however, his main focus is on the traditional forms of weaving including Appalachian Ribbed Egg Baskets and Shaker Baskets. He has also branched off into Fibonacci Zig Zag and Spiral Twill baskets as. These baskets are more contemporary but their roots come from the construction principle of Nantucket basket weaving.
Mitchell says he is looking forward to providing the best possible designs to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and that it is a real honor and privilege to weave for the Foundation.
The year 2007 is the 400th Anniversary of Williamsburg, Virginia. Mitchell encourages all to travel to Colonial Williamsburg to see and share in this momentous occasion. He adds that you should plan to spend several days there as you cannot possibly see it all in just one day. "It is a real hands on trip," Mitchell says. "Colonial Williamsburg is like a living museum and is very interactive. It is like you are one with the town, instead of just being a viewer of the town."