Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pine Needle Basket

In addition to my new love of tapestry, I have returned to basketry and creating three dimensional form.  I used to make and sell my baskets at craft shows back in the early 90's when I lived in the state of Washington. Now I am approaching the basket as a piece of sculpture, exploring the materials in a more contemporary way. 

This pine needle basket was made in a recent worship that I took with Jean Poythress Koon. Jean is a great teacher and just had the honor of one of her pine needle baskets juried in to the Small Expressions exhibit, sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America. My basket has an oyster shell in the base, followed by randomly using marsh grass and pine needles, stitched with artificial sinew. I plan to make more of these and also try dyeing some of the pine needles.

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