Plaiting, lashing, twining, cordage. Peeled Western red cedar root, yellow cedar bark, kelp, Scirpus americanus sedge, willow, palm inflorescence, waxed linen thread.
Salt Spring island British Columbia
My passion for basketry started by collecting baskets during my career in international development. For 20 years I lived/worked in Africa, the Middle East and Latin American and was drawn to the utility and beauty of baskets. Since moving to Salt Spring Island, BC in 1995, I have been privileged to learn basketry techniques from so many talented and inspiring instructors from Canada, the US and Europe. I love learning to grow, harvest and prepare a variety of natural materials – willow, bark, grasses, vines. Then I moved on to contemporary materials – paper, metal, wire. Most recently I have played with upcycling or repurposing objects - toothpaste tubes, gumboots, flatware, socks - transforming them into whimsical vessels.