jane meredith whitten : basketry and knitting

Canberra, Australia · 0 Sales


jane meredith whitten : basketry and knitting

Canberra, Australia 0 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Jane Meredith Whitten

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Jane Meredith Whitten


the basket:

“a vessel of wicker work made from plaited osier, cane, rushes, etc.” (The Universal Oxford Dictionary)
“a container made of twigs, rushes, or other flexible material woven together”
(Random House Webster’s College Dictionary)
“receptacle made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible materials” (Macquarie Dictionary)

These definitions conjure up images of solidly constructed containers woven from cane, willow, rush...with and without handles...full of vegetables, groceries, wet laundry. But baskets can be more than that or less than that.

For me a basket is the first words of the definitions – “vessel”, “receptacle”, “container” – and the last words – “materials”, “together”, “etc”.

I explore, experiment, and work with the strengths and weaknesses of materials to create baskets that use ordinary and discarded materials reflecting the ordinary things around us....baskets that are fragile yet strong...baskets that change with the touch of a hand or the angle of a sunbeam...baskets that make one think - think about form, material, structure, and function from a different perspective... baskets that are whimsical...baskets to enjoy.

And so I play with all kinds of materials - telephone wire, strapping, yogurt tub tops, computer cable, plas- tic spoons, juice cartons, washed up seaweed (I have developed a non-toxic way of preserving seaweed), dropped tree bark. If you have enough of something you can make a basket it out of it. You just have to figure out what the material brings to the table and what you need to add work together to create the struc- ture.

Underlying this experimentation with materials, techniques, and structure is my passion and concern for the environment. This plays an important and often subconscious part in the materials of choice and the final forms of my baskets.

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    I love to knit and make baskets. I love explore with new materials and forms! I figure if I have enough of something then I can make a basket out of it! I just have to figure out how!

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