My love of weaving grew from my wicker furniture restoration background which began in 1990 to 2000 in Berkeley California. Instantaneously my passion for craft and design was ignited!
The restoration of antique and contemporary wicker furniture ran the gamut from simple cane wrap replacements on the legs of chairs to full reweaves of chairs, tables, and planters etc. The blending of old to new finishes also became an important part of the restoration work. It was during the early 1990’s that I began teaching basketry as well.
A move to the Pacific Northwest in spring of 2000 provided the opportunity to start making woven home furnishings from the ground up using my own designs. My work today is the culmination of 27 years ranging from woven restoration work, custom woven garment accents for a NYC fashion designer during Fashion Week Spring 2007, work with interior designers and my own basket work.
I love the challenge involved in creating large, well balanced, beautiful baskets; functional and artistic. Those valuable years of restoration have provided a strong love for quality design and structure that I bring to life through hard work, patience and a deep appreciation for the craft. My projects flow from a variety of twining, plaiting and lashing techniques. Round reed, flat reed, cane and whole rattan are treated with cellulose fiber dyes before the weaving process begins. A multiple step finishing process brings additional highlights and depth to the weaving. A UV archival varnish is applied then a lustrous hand-rubbed wax finish brings the piece to completion. My baskets are a culmination of 27 years of experience in working with weaving materials, finishes and the technical aspects involved. These baskets represent the intersection of passion, competency and skill.