Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Love Baskets!


I love baskets and the thoughts of making one by hand fills me with a sense of admiration for anyone who spends time at this art form. Basketry Botanica is filled with the work of just this type of art. You will find large and very useful egg baskets, tiny basket pendants and even baskets made to go on your walls.

For a bit of background you find the following in the artists profile-
Baskets come from cultures all over the world in an infinite variety of styles and materials, for just as many functions. My baskets are varied, because I am a weaver with enthusiasm for many styles, but a passion for traditional craft with fine craftsmanship. I love to try out many of my own ideas like basketry jewelry, glass-lined wicker vases and wicker lamps, but chances are,I'll turn out something steeped in basketry tradition.

My baskets and other woven items are made in a smoke-free home studio with imported reed and many locally gathered materials. I do have 2 Border Collies named Chloe and Brody and a black cat named Mehitabel who are too manipulative and controlling to evict from the studio. I have taught basket weaving for 13 years and have 27 years of experience creating baskets. Designs available tend to be based in deep American traditions, particularly splint woven baskets inspired by native basket designs. In addition I weave many kinds of ribbed baskets resembling those that came to us from the settlers and natives in and around the Appalachian Mountains. My baskets look authentic, and all are made by me. I work alone at this time - unless the dogs count - they think they're helping and the cat thinks I do everything for her.

4 comments:

  1. that's fun - I love baskets too, and have taken classes from people like your basketmaker. Very beautiful!

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  2. These are wonderful! I will have to show my aunt--she is a nut about baskets.

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  3. Woooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    your life is indeed cozy and the products looks equisite

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