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While living in British Columbia in the 1970’s and 80’s, I learned to make coiled baskets inspired by the Navajo style and realized that fiber was my medium and basketry my art form. During this formative period, I was introduced to the baskets of Washoe weaver Dat-so-la-lee and I envisioned how basketry could be raised to a fine art. To pursue my dream of making baskets, I turned to the Nantucket Lightship basket which I knew well from my childhood summers on the Island. After having learned to create this popular cane basket style, I decided to exchange its plain weave common on Nantucket for a style incorporating more color and design. And instead of the traditional ivory and scrimshaw decorations, I used (with their permission and collaboration) the art of the Native artists on the basket covers: custom carvings in argillite, pipestone and yellow cedar. To balance these rich and colorful elements, I replaced the oak handles of Lightship purses with ones laminated with ebony and other hardwoods, then carved into graceful shapes. The ivory knobs and pins likewise became ebony features turned on the lathe. These early years then, characterized by learning and experimentation, established the foundation for a new incarnation of the Nantucket form.


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