Services & Teaching by Jo Rusin
Member of the national Seat Weavers Guild and The ARTS of Hancock County, MS.
Have a chair that needs a new seat, or would like a class or individual consultation on seat weaving?
Contact Jo at email@example.com
Since she wove a new cane seat in an old rocking chair over 40 years ago, Jo Rusin has been fascinated with the history, creativity, and comfort of woven chair seats.
After retiring from the Army, she began weaving chairs seats as a business in 1993, first outside Atlanta, GA and now back where her roots began on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In addition to re-weaving chairs for customers, she has been teaching this time honored craft for over 20 years. She is an Instructor Emeritus with the John C. Campbell Folk School and teaches in a variety of community education programs. Thanks to her hands-on instruction, more than 200 people from New York to Louisiana and the Netherlands are able to cane and weave their own chairs. Jo believes that it is her job to make you successful, and also for her classes to be fun.
Jo weaves a variety of styles to include laced cane, flat reed, fibre rush, binder cane, modern Shaker tape, and machine woven cane. Although most customers prefer the traditional brown materials, incorporating colors into her weaving has become a passion for Jo. Seat weaving - beyond the ordinary.
Jo's unique chairs are available at Bay Books, Main St., Bay St. Louis, MS, and in the Craft Shop of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.