Originally drawn to straw art for its simple natural beauty, owner, Jan Huss is an internationally known and multiple award-winning straw artist, designer and lecturer from the gold country in California. Her decade plus experience with natural fiber prompted her to create The Straw Shop for other fiber artists to obtain materials otherwise not easily available in the United States. As a result, a small artisan studio was created to fuel her passion of these humble materials and related items. Realizing that rye straw and wheat straw are not simply waste products once the food elements have been rendered from the plants, but rather a renewable and very ecological durable art medium. The Straw Shop made its first appearance on the internet in 2007. Since then we have had the privilege to supply straw art enthusiasts with materials around the world.
Our unique book selection is composed of publications highly recommended for your personal library.
Did you know….
Straw art has been found for hundreds of years in nearly every agricultural culture. Often steeped in rich traditions pertaining to seasonal changes, celebrations of community, harvesting, and religion to mention a few. Each area of the globe should be respected for not only their innovative works but their preservation of their traditional works as well. The simple material collectively referred to as straw as defined by The Straw Shop as grains–rye, wheat, barley, oats, rice is what we want to present.
Preservation of cultural roots is vastly important through straw art, which is generally disappearing in our high tech world.
Sustaining this art form is so important that in 2010 August 1 was designated as World Straw Arts Day at an international conference which represented 10 countries of straw masters: USA, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Hungary.
The goal of the images presented on this site is to inspire the viewer to think beyond the image of straw art they may already have. To learn more about this fairly unknown field. No where in the world showcases straw art the way The Straw shop does; whether by the amount of material selection (the largest selection on the internet), reference materials such as books or videos, showcasing and introducing the largest community of individual straw artisans and their work anywhere, not mention the number of presented images. The Straw Shop is also proud of the historical research it has done
Affiliations and Accomplishments:
- President of the Board of Directors of the American Museum of Straw Art
- Past President of California Straw Arts Guild
- Past President of National Association of Wheat Weavers
- Member of The Guild of Straw Craftsmen in United Kingdom
- City and Guilds Award recipient in “Design and Craft (Constructed Textiles) In the Context of Straw Work”. One of only a dozen Americans to hold this distinction.