As a child  raised in a rural village in South America  Tina Fung Holder had no formal art education.  However, she was always very creative and pursued any avenue that taught her to make something with her hands.

In 1969 her horizons expanded greatly when she moved to Chicago.  Here she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and obtained both  B.F.A.(Design/Crafts) and M.F.A.(Fibers) degrees.  After graduation she worked as a freelance designer and developed a line of jewelry using mundane, everyday objects, especially safety pins.

Now living in Northern Wisconsin Tina focuses much of her creative energy in basketry.  The variety of natural materials that are available constantly provide inspiration for her artwork.

“Challenging myself to make the ordinary extra-ordinary, I harvest my materials from both the natural and industrial landscapes.  I utilize familiar techniques and materials but present the viewer with a new vision.”