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Flights of Fancy Art Basket

Or Field of Blings
This unusual basket has a raised end that is like an amphitheatre with a flat field in front of jewels randomly arising. The photos cannot completely represent this work.

In the amphitheatre wall there is a lovely Tenerife weaving meticulously woven by the artist. The fiber was chosen for its uncanny ability to glow when backlit by the sun or strong light.

In the center of the wall is a Cherry Wood butterfly, hence the flight of fancy. To its left is a shiny copper Canadian penny. It is suspended under citrine beads that also love the light.

Opposite the coin is a 300 million year old fern fossil in shale. It was found and sliced by a woman in Pennsylvania in an abandoned coal mine. Its companion is an Austian Pine cone.

Finishing out the wall is a ceramic piece made and glazed for this basket by the artist.

The floor of the basket is where the continuous coil begins. The coil is made from Florida Long Leaf Pine Needles, gathered by the artist and found only in Southeast United States.

The coil starts around a piece of Padouk wood. It is an orange wood found in the tropics. The prominent colors in the basket have a Southwest US flair, being teal and peach.

The Randomly occurring jewels arise from the basket floor. Closest to the center is a bright teal/turquoise colored stone.

To the right is a stone totem with the other butterfly etched into it. It was acquired at Wilderness Reflection at Crown Center in Kansas City. It is a translucent rose quartz that catches the light as you walk through the room.

Beside the Butterfly Totem is a lovely Carnelian stone. It is said to be a stone of creativity and individuality...so apropos here.
In front of the Butterfly Totem is a simple amethyst. It is also translucent.

In the final circle there is a circle of Tiger’s Eye quartz. It has the unusual chatoyancy characteristic. Chatoyancy is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones. Coined from the French "œil de chat," meaning "cat's eye," chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, (Thank you Wikipedia).

The piece is coated with shellac to preserve its shape and protect it.

Dimensions are: 12”x12”X6”

Flights of Fancy Art Basket

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: padouc, cherry, copper, brown, rose quartz, amethyst, tigers eye, carnelian, ceramic, citrine, shale, Pine Needles, pine cone
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 24 reviews
  • Favorited by: 83 people