Willow Bascom’s love for indigenous art was ignited by living in Saudi Arabia and Panama as a child, and it was fed by her childhood travels around the world. A self-trained artist, the basis of Willow’s distinctive style is the mola, a fabric art of the Kuna people of Panama. On that foundation she has allowed the influence of indigenous styles from around the world to inform her unique perspective. The diversity of Willow’s style will be showcased in her book, Paisley Pig and Friends: A Multicultural ABC, which will be published by Publishing Works (publishingworks.com) in April, 2010.
Willow’s work has been showcased in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine art galleries. Her work, Peace Dragons, was featured in The Hartford Courant newspaper on August 18, 2008.
Multi-faceted in her approach to artistic expression, Willow produces large and small prints, and several lines of t-shirts, bookmarks, and Holy Day cards. Her prints, art t-shirts, and seasonal cards are available online; her Vermont Critters t-shirts are sold at select Vermont and western Massachusetts gift shops; and her Calvin Coolidge t-shirts and bookmarks are sold exclusively at the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. She is currently developing removable children’s room trim and wall art.
Though she has consistently garnered rave reviews for her use of color and design, Willow’s favorite assessment of all time was the exclamation, “Your art makes me smile!”