Keely is a Southern California fiber artist who works with natural and found materials. Her works incorporate natural materials like raffia, pine needles, jute, gourds and found objects into forms with a playful, primitive feel. Keely’s gourds are explorations of decorative motifs found in different cultures: henna patterns from India, African tribal patterns, and designs and patterns of her own creation. In a process not unlike making batik, wax is used to create patterns on the ornament or vessel. Dyes are applied to the waxed object, then the wax is melted, revealing a batik-like design. Keely is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a degree in graphic design.