This work reflects the fact that I am in an early, discovery phase of my work in basketry. The vessels explore materials available to me as an urban artisan, which include green waste, commercial wood veneer, and bark scavenged from fallen trees; as well as my first takes on plaiting, twining and coiling techniques.
I am intrigued by the contrasts in textures of the materials, and how audience perception of the value and purpose of each finished basket is affected by them. For example, the all-bark baskets seem raw to me, and I feel that the bark is more precious and well-presented when it is used as an accent. However, most people seem drawn to the raw quality of the all-bark baskets, perhaps because they are so obviously 'of nature' and charismatic, and so different from the finished, flawless and yet often cheaply made objects that make up most of contemporary material culture. The veneer baskets have a bit more of the 'finished, flawless' quality that makes them less emotionally reactive.
One other point to note in the work below is that it relies on the stitching and twining skills I've developed in the past by making rugs, embroideries, and garments. As in past work, I continue to strive to balance the tension of the elements -- both figuratively, in design; and literally, in the weaving.