MiVT: Meta Strick

FAIRFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) Meet Meta Strick. She's a lifelong artist who loves teaching her craft.

"If I figured out some technique for something, I am not going to keep it a secret. I want to tell all my friends, 'Hey, look what I figured out. Look at this. This is cool. Try this,'" Strick said.

When she's not teaching courses at CCV in St. Albans, she's leading workshops like doll making with a Halloween theme.

Dolls are some of Meta Strick's standout items. The gallery in her Fairfield home is filled with them and other projects.

"The stuff that's in here changes all the time because I am constantly making new stuff," she said.

Her dolls start off as a piece of wood, usually pine since it's easy to cut and carve. She saws the rough shape, sands them and carves details into the pieces before they get stained and painted.

"And at that point, I start to have ideas about what they might become," she said.

Don't expect them to look traditional.

"I've been collecting old spoons. So, sometimes spoons become the legs of dolls. Other times they become a decorative piece on the front of a doll," Strick said. "My attitude is what the heck, try it out. Try something else. If it doesn't work, so what? Paint over it. Cut it up."

Strick hosts workshops from April to November, sometimes it's doll making, calligraphy or even painting.

"She has a style that I just really like," Barb Reuter said.

Reuter drove six hours from Syracuse to take part in the doll-making workshop.

"I've gotten so many ideas from some of the art that I want to try for myself and she's very generous and says, steal whatever ideas you want and not a lot of artists will do that, so I appreciate that," Reuter said.

"I love it. I think it's really cool. It's really great to be able to make something that somebody else wants to have. There's something about the connection that you make with another person," Strick said.

It's a pre-Halloween treat, a craft making lesson with an artistic doll.

Meta Strick will be at Craft Vermont at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington the weekend of Nov. 16. She'll have a display at the Greater Barre Craft Guild Show one weekend later.