5" h x 5" w x 5" d
copper, brass, patina
Wave is made of traditional basket weaving techniques with an attempt to embody the spirit of the forests I love.
While visiting the Muir Woods National Monument I noticed the way the branches intersect, roots reach out across the forrest floor, the majesty of the trunks, the clean fresh air and the filtered light.
These observations caused a shift in my color palette, more serene, and in line with the forest and other natural environments.
1" h x 1 1/2" w x 1 1/2" d
brass, glass, crystals
This small treasure has a glass bottom with sparkles in it. Crochet wire holds the glass in place. The crystals are crocheted directly into the edge.
Spring flowers are small, delicate and fresh. Fun colors abound, this little basket picks up on spring grass green and the bulbs that pop up at the end of a long winter.
3" h x 2" w x 2" d
copper, brass, enameled copper
This is one of my first metal baskets, I began with very thin wire. It took nearly 300 feet of wire to complete this miniature basket. Only big enough to hold some small change, a special ring, or tiny treasure
detail - basket and scarf pin separated
basket, 6" h x 12" w x 8 1/2 " d
butterfly scarf pin, 4" h x 3" w x 1" d
reed, oak, copper, enamel, brass, patina, dye
This piece was inspired by a terrible ATV accident my daughter had in the hills near Fishaven, Idaho. She flipped the ATV on top of herself and landed as soft as a butterfly. Her head saved by the helmet she wore, as it struck a large rock. The local volunteer EMT were amazing as we raced 45 miles away to Logan, Utah to the emergency room. This piece incorporates the steep angles of the canyons the gulleys and forest that were between the accident and the hospital. The beautiful colors are for the people involved, each one a treasure and the butterfly, quiet, soft, and delicate as the angel that watch over my daughter that day.
16" h x 10" w x 10" d
reed, steel, cane
This large scale basket is based on the shape of my pudgy tonkinese cast, Sterling. They are well known for their love of food and playtime. The elegant curves and graceful lines mimic the movement of all felines. The coloring and stripes are reminiscent of the tonkinese colors, which is a blend of the Siamese seal point and the Burmese cats. The base shape is a technique used in traditional cathead baskets, and the handle is forged iron, made especially for this piece. The handle is secured with a traditional gods eye cross pattern, and the rim is secured with iron brads.
It is solid, strong and rugged, just like Sterling.
detail of inside, rim and hand forged handle