Bonnie Gale‘s work is focused on spatial containment and definition. Her medium is willow. Functionality is the leading principle. She creates beauty.
Although there was a profusion of traditional willow basketry in Nineteenth century Eastern and Mid-Western United States, the immigrant basketmakers and their descendant trainees have almost passed away. Through her traditional willow basketmaking, she hopes to keep the traditions alive. In recent years, she has started to explore the field of living willow structures, which is another exciting way to use willows. The building of living willow structures in school residencies, for private clients and in large scale community installations has become an important part of her work. She loves the intense functionality and beauty of willow.