"The bittersweet (vine) created the framework and structure of the piece and I wove in-between . . . ."
"I have categorized my woven art into Baskets, Bowls, Sculpture, Wallhanger, Flowers, Landscapes, and Furniture . . . ."
Interview by Deborah Blakely, ZoneOneArts, January 2017
"The Whiting Mills building, home to a variety of artists, craftspeople, retail shops and small manufacturing companies, held its first open house at 100 Whiting St. Sunday. Shop owners in the converted former hosiery factory offered live demonstrations of wool-making, book-cover graphic design, soap-making, and encaustic painting. The open houses will continue on the third Sunday of each month."
"'It's a great location,' said open house organizer Tina Puckett, who is owner of the Tina's Baskets & Woven Arts."
"'We want the public to get involved in the artist community,' said Puckett, who conducted a basket-weaving workshop on Sunday."
Register Citizen, September 20, 2015
"If Tina Puckett has her way, Winsted will become an essential destination every third Sunday in Connecticut. As creator and sole proprietor of Tina's Baskets at Whiting Mills she is helping to lead the community of unique artists, photographers and business owners in branding the '3rd Sunday' as the perfect time to visit, explore and enjoy Winsted's burgeoning cultural scene. This past Sunday, September 20th, Whiting Mills hosted their inaugural '3rd Sunday' event for an appreciative and enthusiastic audience."
Text of J. Timothy Quirk's September 25, 2015 article in the Winsted Ledger. Photos from the inaugural 3rd Sunday.
Winsted Ledger, September 25, 2015
(Tina Puckett) "has been doing business under the name Tina's Baskets for many years, but feels that this name is too limiting for what her work has evolved into. 'While I do make and sell a lot of baskets, I want people to know right away that my work is much more than just baskets. I am looking to present myself as an interwoven artist and a designer under a new name that will better convey who I am and what my work is about,' she explains."
Mainstreet Magazine, May 2014
"When you turn your craft into a business, organization, independence and diversity are very important. Etsy allows me to be able to do all three. I also get a lot of support from Etsy by the public's reaction to my woven works. I enjoy selling my work because it gives me a sense of accomplishment, and it also means that I am able to create another woven piece of art."
"I can't tell you what I will be creating tomorrow, but I do know that I have a lot of interesting pieces of bittersweet vines that are ready for my imagination — I just have to step into my studio and let it all flow, and I can't wait to feature them on Etsy."
October 16, 2013
"I find it a lot of fun to let my imagination see all the different forms the Bittersweet vines can take."
"I can't tell you what crafty goodness is coming in the future, but I do know that I have a lot of interesting pieces of Bittersweet vine shapes that are ready for my imagination… I just have to step into my studio and "let it all flow"… That is what is appealing to me, to let it flow and not force it… and wonders shall never cease in what I can create."
. . . as the photos show, her works are vibrant, unique, and beautiful.
August 29, 2013
"American master basket weaver Tina Puckett weaves her native Bittersweet vine in Connecticut and then weaves her way across the United States. This weekend finds her in the Kingdom of Breckenridge."
"Puckett averages 15 juried shows annually . . . "
Summit Daily News, July 26, 2013
"Tina Puckett, 'Master Weaver', started weaving in 1981. She lives in Winsted and uses a type of vine that grows locally.
"Tina is much influenced by the bittersweet vine that grows in the northwest corner of Connecticut.
"The character of each piece of vine literally dictates what form each basket, wall sculpture or piece of furniture will take.
August 5, 2012
"Over the 4th of July weekend, at the Berkshires Arts Festival in Great Barrington, Mass., I saw something new for me: Flowers — hibiscus perhaps — in tropical colors, as large as the surface of a card table, made of basketry. They wouldn't fit the style of my home — or would they? I can't get them out of my mind."
blog.jmbyington.com/?p=538, July 6, 2009
"Tucked away in her home-based studio on Perkins Street in Winsted, Tina Puckett runs a small business that has earned her an international reputation as a master weaver. . . Art enthusiasts will recognize Tina Puckett's creations as something far beyond simple weaving."
Winsted Journal, February 27, 2009
"The artwork of weaving artist Tina Puckett will be on display Thursday, January 15, through Thursday, January 29, at the Canterbury School in New Milford. An opening reception for the exhibit, which includes handcrafted baskets and sculptures, will take place Thursday, January 15."
Voices, January 7, 2009
"Weaving's not just for rugs and blankets any more, as the art of Winsted master weaver Tina Puckett, now on display at Woodbury's Good News Cafe & Gallery makes clear."
Waterbury Republican-American, June 12, 2008
"See Puckett's woven Van Gogh-inspired art at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury."
Very interesting and informative article, by Carrie MacMillan, about Tina Puckett, her work, and her techniques.
Waterbury Republican-American, June 10, 2008
"Winsted master weaver Tina Puckett, a self-taught artist and owner of Tina's Baskets who has been weaving sculptures, baskets and wall art for more than 20 years, brings her series of original woven flower wall hangings to Carole Peck's Good News Cafe and Gallery in a show titled 'Dimensional Weaving,' continuing through July 28."
Voices, May 28, 2008
On camera Tina demonstrated how to make a traditional basket and explained the process whereby she harvests bittersweet from the local woods, shapes that bittersweet to form the basic shape of an individual woven piece, and then works with either a traditional weave or her own "dimensional" technique of weaving to create a sculptured form from reeds she has dyed herself. During this interview, Tina was surrounded by a wide variety of the baskets, sculptured flower wallhangings, and even furniture that she has created using these skills and artistic vision.
April 26, 2008
"Reed, vine become art in her hands. Winsted business built on dimensional weaving."
Text-only, big-print version of article above. No photos.
The News-Times, Jan/Feb 2008
"Like three-dimensional abstract paintings, Tina Puckett's woven wall sculptures trace the rolling rhythms of fields and hills. Hand dyed in the colors of autumn or spring, the natural materials she favors — sea grass, reed, hemp, and grapevine — convey the look of Impressionist paintings with layers of color."
FiberArts:Contemporary Textile Art and Craft, Jan/Feb 2008
"Brilliantly colored, (her) pieces wrap and snake around themselves to form flowers, clouds and 3-dimensional tree bark."
Read visitors' comments from the Prosser Library guestbook about Tina's work.
The Bloomfield Journal, January 11, 2008
"Tina Puckett gets rich color and texture into all her wondrous woven works."
Connecticut Magazine, December 2007
"(Tina's) inspiration comes from her imagination — when she touches the vine, she can feel what it wants to be and that is how it gets its shape."
The Litchfield County Times, December 2007