My baskets are a celebration of the beauty of mathematics in the physical world. Patterns promote peace and a grounded-ness because they are predictable. Yet complex patterns are also surprising, causing the viewer to question their assumptions and begin to see things in new ways. The triaxial weave used in my baskets utilizes three directions of weaving where the strips are aligned at 60 degree angles, rather than the typical two directions using 90 degree angles. This provides an unusual pattern to the baskets, yet one that is pleasant and feels correct. The twill weaving (over 1, under 2) allows the strips to nest very tightly, and provides many interesting color patterns. The most well known pattern, tumbling blocks, incorporates a three dimensional effect caused by an optical illusion.
My baskets experiment with various color combinations, producing different designs depending on the placement of the colors. I combine different combinations of the weave and corner mechanism to produce different shaped baskets. Handles and knobs are also added using the same triaxial weave. I utilize various materials including ribbon, paper, and ultrasuede. I am working on using wood and metal. Each new material has different properties and requires different techniques.
My baskets are designed to prompt people to enjoy the beauty of a basic pattern, yet to also wonder how the basket is constructed and why the patterns evolve from that construction. I hope that my baskets will make people think in new directions.
I made my first triaxial weave basket in 2014. I have been making baskets for since 2013. Basket making is a source of peace and satisfaction for me.
I am a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.
Blue ribbon, The Big E, 2017
HGA Award from the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. 2017
1st place (tie) professional division Northeast Basketmakers Guild Gathering Exhibit competition 2018
Two Blue ribbons, The Big E, 2018
2nd place professional division Northeast Basketmakers Guild Gathering Exhibit competition, 2019
Continuing the Tradition, Headquarters Gallery of the League of NH Craftsmen, 2019
Patterns, Headquarters Gallery of the League of NH Craftsmen, 2019