Kyle Tipton grew up near Waco in Madison County, Kentucky. His mother made quilts and several of his aunts also were involved in making crafts.
Kyle became interested in basketry when he first saw one of Janet Northern’s asymmetrical baskets at a show. He explains, “I saw Janet’s baskets at a Kentucky Guild Craft Fair and thought they were really cool; I talked to her many times – learning more about how she made them.”
Kyle has been making baskets for about five years and uses honeysuckle vines for all the ribs in his baskets. He gathers the materials himself, stripping off the bark after boiling the vines for a few minutes. As a result of years of deer hunting, Kyle owned many deer antlers. Their shape has always appealed to him. Having seen some baskets with deer antlers attached, he decided to try to incorporate antlers into the woven forms of his basketry.
Kyle uses honeysuckle for weaving smaller areas and reed for weaving the larger areas. He dyes his own reed with commercial dyes and sometimes uses paper pulp in his baskets as well. Experimenting is his favorite way to create new works.
Works by Kyle Tipton can be found at the Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.