The Student News Site of Teen Scene, Inc

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Like Us on Facebook

Art by Mixed Media Artist Patsy Decker

Gerald Decker
Art by Patsy Decker

Bowl with Gretchen basket rim     

Paper Basket     

Gerald Decker

The basket above and the cardholder are made by coloring a piece of paper and then running it through a paper shredder. From a non-artist point of view, what appears next is that you wave your fingers over the paper for a few minutes, and one of these appears.

Hand woven twilled vase 

Small Rib basket   

Nantucket vase 

Walnut turned Snowman   

Hand-turned Cedar, lidded box   


About the artist.


Patsy Decker is a retired Tax Attorney who moved to Leland from Athens, Ga., in 2016 to be near her grandchildren. She started weaving baskets while practicing law in Kentucky and it has led to other forms of artistic creativity, including mosaics, woodturning, and quilting. Since moving to the beach area, Patsy has added seashell art to her list of hobbies.

Because Patsy is married to a tightwad, she became concerned about the cost of the wooden lids and bases for the many baskets she makes. So two years ago, when she learned of a beginner’s course offered by the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association, she jumped at it. She also took some classes at Brunswick Community College in Southport.

Patsy loves to travel with her Kentucky basket-weaving friends each year to various advanced classes on basket-weaving. Boo, Gini and Tia meet up with her in places like Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia for a week of “full-court press on weaving.”

When asked which she liked best, she couldn’t decide saying, “Any craft I see, I want to give it a try.”

View Comments (2)
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Gerald Decker, Founder, President
Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

Comments (2)

All Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • L

    LoisSep 5, 2023 at 9:57 am

    You work is very beautiful. You are very talented.

  • S

    Susan KroeSep 5, 2023 at 8:28 am

    So very very talented