Jan Dunn
 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 sanctuary.

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