Our introductions to talented folks continues...
Lorri and I met during the 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. We shared a booth, as you might have read in a previous blog post, with Jeff Myers of Quiet Woman Cattle Company.
Lorri’s creativity shines through her talent of making beautiful, unique, western baskets out of used lariats. She has taken them to a new level with her creative skills. As we were looking at her plaques made from leather pieces she shared, “I use all recycled materials for my leather and rope artwork.”
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She continued by saying she has always loved art. While in high school she enjoyed woodworking, pottery and her home eq classes. Lorri loves all things that pertain to the western lifestyle…makes since, as she is a homegrown cowgirl of Elko, Nevada.
When asked how she got started with the lariat rope baskets, she replied, “My friend Jeff Myers introduced me to the art. He showed me a few ways that he himself made them. On one of the baskets he had added tooled leather to the bottom, this is where the influence for him to grow his leather artwork started. He soon learned he would like to work more on the leather part and asked if I would like to learn how to make the baskets.”
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Lorri soon branched out on her own and her ideas of how to make the lariat baskets unique to her style took off. Today she adds leather tooled feathers, jewels, buckskin and fringe. Her piece pictured here is approximately three foot tall!
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In 2016 Lorri, and her friend, Jeff, combined their artwork to attend Cowboy Christmas during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. She expressed that her new found art was well received with the Western world.
Some of her more infamous clientele are Lacy J. Dalton, Trinity Seely and the State Legislature has purchased a piece for their gift shop.
After this show, Lorri is looking forward to traveling, working on her art and searching for shows in the south for warmer climate.
To learn more about Lorri follow her on Facebook at Gypsy Cowgirl Art-NV
Update: Recently I watched a YouTube video of Lorri being interviewed in Arizona. She is living her dream of travels and working on her beautiful artwork. Congratulations Lorri!
Next week: Bill Black Custom Braiding
Howdy! Thank you for choosing to follow along with us!
In order to catch you up to speed, if you are just joining in, I want to let you know about my personal project. My faithful companion, Rider (a gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog) and I, have been traveling on an Adventure, for a few years now… following the Central Overland Pony Express Trail.
Carla and Rider at Round FortRound Fort is between Ibapah and Callao Utah. It is also called Canyon Station. The Pony Express Canyon Station was further West of here though... This rock fortress was built the year after the Pony Express had ended.
Currently we are working on a Photo Journal, that will be an Ebook, with our personal experiences on the road. I started this journey, due to a visit to Fort Churchill, with my family in 2014. I read how it was built to protect the Pony Express Riders and the California Emigrant Trail. I have always been fascinated with the old West, and that of course included the Pony. On that day, surprised to find such a fortress still standing, I wanted to know if there were more! The photos I have captured, of these gems in the desert, will be in a Photo Book/Coffee Table Book. There will also be some History of the Stations, Station Keepers, Hostlers and the Riders.
Very naively I started this journey with the thought that the Pony Express "Auto Route" would drive me conveniently near all the ruins... Well, that was silly, and now I know better!
Please continue to "Ride Shotgun in Spirit" with us as we visit Historical Places along the route, and visit many Museums that house Archives of the daring young, and some not so young, Riders of the Infamous Pony Express!
Occasional we will also share with you many of the other sights seen along the way while traveling through California, Nevada and Utah.
We have decided to stop the book and journey for the time being at Salt Lake City, UT for a couple of reasons;
There are 3 more Divisions from Salt Lake City to St. Joseph Missouri. Lord Willing, we will make a book Two!
We are so blessed to have YOU to share this Journey with us.