Eternal Embrace, 2018
Mark Hendry is a full-time artisan and instructor of historic handcraft, specializing in brooms & basketry, with a focus on using natural materials. With almost 40 years of experience as a professional teacher of fine and performing arts in private, public, and magnet schools, Mark continues to travel across the country, teaching all levels and ages of students from beginnr to advanced, ages 3 to 93. He is currently director and resident artist for Mountain Heritage Handcraft in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
“When I follow my bliss, it always leads me to The Great Outdoors. In Nature, I find the inspiration, materials and a state of well-being; all of which coalesce into the creation of my Art. Living in the Appalachian Mountains, I’m surrounded by a rich history of time-honored traditions and a legacy of handcraft. To me, historic handcrafts embolden a greater simplicity and a deeper connection to Nature, so I naturally gravitate to the olde-tymey way of doing things.
For me, ‘Art is Life’, so I strive to use sustainable, renewable resources, and materials that are alive. I see myself as working in tandem with Mother Nature, collaborating respectfully in the creation of our work; acknowledging the divine intelligence in all things, and revealing our oneness with the Earth and with each other.”