My baskets take
traditional basket-making techniques and put a contemporary twist on the
work. I love color and the use of
non-traditional materials, such as wire and yarn. Most of my baskets are my own designs – or
the basket “speaks” to me and leads the design process.
I harvest all my own grass and pine needles; then clean,
sort, dry & dye some. The Scandinavian
beach grass is an invasive non-native grass imported in the early part of the
20 century to stabilize shifting dunes. It has almost obliterated the native grass. I
wish I could use more of it, lots more!
My original inspiration was North Carolina native Judy Morfield Mallow’s
book Pine Needle Basketry. I often start a basket with no clear plan
& let the basket materials help direct the result. The agates & jaspers (In resin) are from
beach combing around Florence, Oregon.
Sales benefit “Creature Coalition”, an all-breed dog rescue