This basket is based on an agate slice that is circled by coils of pine needles stitched with red waxed linen and two unusual types of beads.
South Deerfield MA
I was originally attracted to basketry because I loved making a functional object that was beautiful. I have made most of the kinds of basket that people make and used just about all the materials. I mostly worked in reed until about 5 years ago when I took a class in pine needle baskets. The freedom of form and beauty as well as the historical significance of pine needle coiling really inspired me to move more into the art of basketry. Many of my pieces are not technically "baskets" anymore. I am constantly discovering new ways to use shells, stones, wire, gourds, clay, glass, sticks, fungus, iris leaves, walnut slices and other natural materials in my work. There just isn't an end to the joy and inspiration I get from the creative process