I teach beginner classes at the Carrboro Recreation and Parks department and the Seymour Senior Center; consequently, I end up with a lot of sample and demo baskets.
I’ve found that using Chip Wood Strips from Royalwood Ltd. works well for rims on beginner baskets. It is very malleable and has a nice wood grain. No scarfing needed.
I lashed with paper covered wire, I like the look, but it was difficult to work with.
Next challenges: figure out how to get the basket level at the top, and start thinning the overlap reeds so I don’t get those pesky bumps.
Finished this little one over the weekend. I finally figured out how to count the rows so that I get the number of rows I wanted in the zig or zag.
I mark the “turning row” with a twist tie, and don’t count it. Example, 8 rows to the left, turning row, 8 rows to the right.
Spent Labor Day weekend cleaning and organizing the studio and finishing baskets. I completed two, and worked on a third.
Years ago, I met Shereen LaPlantz at a workshop. She encouraged us to finish or discard all our unfinished work. Said that they take up both physical and emotional space in our lives.
This year, I’m going to make a concerted effort to dig out all those unfinished projects and do something with them.
I usually prefer organic shapes when I do the woven paper images. Yesterday I tried weaving some very geometric images together. I liked the colors and my dear friend is always challenging me to test my boundaries and try new things.
I wasn’t thrilled with the final piece but decided to try it in a frame and see if I liked it better. When I turned it over to insert in the frame, I found a pleasant surprise. I like the back side better than the front!
This is the surprise on the back This is what I wove
I’m working on creating some larger images that I can frame and submit for a one person show. I need about 2 dozen pieces, so I’ve a long way to go.
Here’s the piece I finished yesterday:
I start with either one image, cut in half or two different images, like the ones below. You must be aware of the copyright laws on derivative art, if you are using someone else’s images.
After cutting each image into curved strips I weave them together to create the finished piece.Here’s another I finished this week:
This one uses a slightly different technique. Two photos, the same image, one black and white, the other colored, woven together. The piece is less abstract.The follow two pieces are garden photos. Each has two different photos woven into each other. I like the way you can see the pagoda in this one.Although these were both garden images, with no people or statues, I see a magi in this one.
Years ago, while in New Mexico, I visited a gallery and fell in love with the wonderful woven copper pieces by Suzanne Donazetti. You can see her work here: Waxlander Gallery
Recently, I began weaving paper images and have achieved a look similar to Suzanne’s amazing copper pieces. I’m turning the woven images into cards and selling them at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market.
I’ve also started using larger images and photographs, to do some pieces which I will frame.
This is one colored and one black and white photo, cut and woven together. The image is of the cars at Cadillac Ranch, in Texas.
Josh grew an impressive garlic crop this year, so I made some garlic baskets.
Hope to sell the baskets filled with garlic at the market tomorrow.
Here’s my interpretation of the traditional garlic basket:
Tip: when working with dyed reed, you can use a permanent marker to hide any little imperfection in the dyed reed.