Thank you for having interest in my baskets. Most are made of ash splint but I also use oak, willow, red elm and cherry. I use a local supplier and a supplier in upstate Michigan. Both use sustainable harvesting methods. This is important to me.
Most of my baskets are traditional in form, size and decor. There is one exception, fur. I have spent time in Alaska visiting First Nation tribal history museum and villages. I found that many attach fur to nearly every aspect of daily life including their baskets. As we use leather in personal attire. First Nations use fur. I brought home many ideas of sewing fur onto my work.
The fur comes from Alaska and Maine. The fur is sheep, fox river otter, and goat thus far. I attain the fur from First Nation Americans at farmer's markets in Alaska as it is a source of income for the villages. In Maine, my purchases are from a local organic farmer who raises goats. Also the Maine Trappers Association who works with the Department of Maine Inland Fisheries. Their work/sport is done responsibly, tending to injured animals and provides meat to the Maine organization Hunters for Hunger. I feel wood and fur bring beauty together.
I also harvest my own sweet grass and sea grasses each season. I add simple embellishments on baskets as I enjoy the clarity and strength of a basket similar to a Shaker basket.
My mind is always on the next moment and movement of weaving. There is an energy and calm when I create these baskets, in wood or other materials. Wherever I walk, I look for weaving in natural forms, colors contrast around me and shapes that may guide my hands.
- May 2011 Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Basketry
- January 2012 Jackie Abrams, Brattleboro Vermont. Contemporary Baskets
- June 2012 Abbe Museum, session with George Neptune. Fancy Baskets
- July 2012 Haystack Mountain School of Craft, session with Lissa Hunter. Connections
- August 2012 Schoodic Arts, Multimedia Fiber Arts with Audra Christie.
- May 2013 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Blacksmithing.
- May 2014 Maine Craft Association at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, session with Theresa Secord and Jennifer Neptune, Baskets.
- May 2014 State of Maine certification workshop for Lifetime Arts, held at Scoodic Arts in Winter Harbor.
- May 2015 Maine Craft Association at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, session on Felting.
- August 2016 Haystack Mountain School of Craft session on Basketry, Lissa Hunter instructor.
- November 2012 Pearson Legacy Gallery. Holiday Show
- February 2013 Pearson Legacy Gallery. Favorite Places Around the World Show
- 2013 Pearson Legacy Gallery. On-going Small Arts Display
- October-November 2013 Eggemoggin Textile Studio. Fall Show
- November-December 2013 Deer Isle Artists Association. Small Works Show
- May - August 2014 Treasure and Gift. On Line Seller.
- December 2014 Deer Isle Artists Association. Small Works Show.
- May 2015 Maine Craft Association at Haystack. Art Show
- June 2015 Deer Isle Artists Association. Body Of Work.
- June 2015 Pearson Legacy Gallery. On-going Small Arts display.
- August 2015 Deer Isle Artists Association. 12 x 12 Benefit.
- December 2015 Deer Isle Artists Association. Small Works and Gifts.
- February 2016 ART matters, speaker on Vessels, DIAA
- February 2016 Residency at DIAA to study knots as embellishments
- June 2016 Deer Isle Artists Association. Unbeaten Channels.
- July 2016 Deer Isle Artists Association, All Members 12x12
- August 2016 Haystack Mountain School of Craft exhibition.
- October 2016 Deer Isle Artist Association, Vessels Show
- May = December 2017 Island Artists, Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Maine.
- June 2017 Deer Isle Artists Association, A Fine Table.
- July 2017 Deer Isle Artists Association, All Member 12x12.
- August 2017 Deer Isle Artists Association, Fresh Ink.
- September 2017 Deer Isle Artists Association, Small works
- December 2017 Sedgwick Elementary School, exhibit and instruction of basketry to students.
- May - December 2018 Island Artists, Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Maine.