Debbie Norton -Fiber Artist
Debbie Was Born In Roswell N.M. moved to Montana, Puerto Rico, Washington State, and Red Bluff CA. Where her parents retired from the military in 1963. She moved to Chester Ca. in 1970, as a junior at Chester High School.
From early on she has been fascinated with fiber, learning to sew, knit, crochet, macramé, and weave fibers by age 12. Winning her first country and State Fair ribbons in 68 in the 4-H. She saw her first pine needle baskets in 1975 at a neighbors house, Lucy Juard. Debbie has been caught in the tangles of pine needles ever since.
She Joined The Great Basin Basket makers Guild in 93 and added gourds, willow, reed, antler baskets, paper making, to her long list of fiber art. In 94 one of her gourds was published in "The Complete Gourd Craft " Book by Jim Widess and Ginger Summit in the pyrography chapter, and was chosen for the Larks Books advertisement of that book. In 95 she served as President of the Great Basin Basket makers, and taught at the Inter Mountain Weavers Conference in Tucson Arizona.
In 20005 she was chosen as a "Passport In Time" volunteer in the Following The Smoke IX" project. With the six Rivers NF and the Kanuk Indigenous Basket weavers, learning and assisting in the traditional collecting, processing, of basket materials. Learning the importance of burning the bear grass, harvest hazel, and how to use these materials. She also started her new business Heart of Almanor making baskets, Gourds, antler baskets, Quilts, and Photography with her husband Greg.
Her baskets can be found on Etsy:
Heart of Almanor
Debbie And Greg are still on journey traveling the west learning traditional and contemporary basket weaving from their RV. Teaching classes, and growing in the use of natural materials.