A fifth generation Texan, Judy Gibson King grew up climbing trees, riding horses, and raising sheep in Ysleta, Texas. She started sewing at an early age, using white bobby socks to design swimwear and cardigan sweaters for her dolls. Majoring in art at Lamar University, she enjoyed art history and pottery, but always returned to all things related to fabric. Judy worked in the corporate world for a number of years, first as administrative director of a counseling center and later as director of registration at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Moving to a cabin in the woods with a designated building for a studio prompted her to give up her day job and become a full time artist. Best known for her sculptural baskets, Judy uses fabric and mixed media to challenge the traditional concepts of basketry. Departing from today s mass produced culture, she creates one-of-a-kind vessels with a multi-dimensional quality combining function with beauty.
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