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I learned the art of basket twining from a remarkable artisan, Sanda Henny. of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon. Each basket is created following the traditions I was taught; no knots, no glue, and listen to the "song of the basket". The song is the spirit of the basket, how it wants to move and flow. When I begin a basket, I have a design in mind. At some point during the twining, the basket will begin telling its own story-singing its song. I have learned to listen carefully and then eagerly follow its flow until I have a finished piece. Living on the Oregon coast has enable me to listen in serenity, surrounded by the peace and calmness of nature.

Papermaking and book art seemed like a natural with basket weaving--fibers, texture and nature. I began experimenting with a wide variety of materials to create different paper and papyrus. The plant-life…

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  • Born on August 30
  • Joined December 7, 2010

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Anything natural with character and texture along with materials that are repurposed and upcycled

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About

I learned the art of basket twining from a remarkable artisan, Sanda Henny. of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon. Each basket is created following the traditions I was taught; no knots, no glue, and listen to the "song of the basket". The song is the spirit of the basket, how it wants to move and flow. When I begin a basket, I have a design in mind. At some point during the twining, the basket will begin telling its own story-singing its song. I have learned to listen carefully and then eagerly follow its flow until I have a finished piece. Living on the Oregon coast has enable me to listen in serenity, surrounded by the peace and calmness of nature.

Papermaking and book art seemed like a natural with basket weaving--fibers, texture and nature. I began experimenting with a wide variety of materials to create different paper and papyrus. The plant-life surrounding our home, on the dunes, and in the hills are naturals for paper. And of course, being able to recycle paper into new forms is enjoyable. Once I started creating the paper, I needed to start using it. Book making became a new passion. I enjoy using items found in nature in unique ways and/or repurposing as much as possible. Every book is a one-of-a-kind item with its own character.

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