I feel my passion in nature, participating with all my being in its beauty. This is the catalyst for all my creative work. Looking into a dandelion or a sunflower, I can see implied in the geometry the beginning of a basket form. These two passions, nature and basketry, are closely bound to one another and to my personal relationship to the beauty path. This path, a Navajo spiritual concept, touches on my own philosophy. To always bring beauty and balance into my life as a response to the harmony of nature is at the heart of my personal understanding of this spiritual way, and to bring it into being so that others recognize and respond to it more in their own lives. The shape of the vessel, the patterns that sing of spirit, the patience of the meditation that is weaving, each of these things invokes relationship to the beauty path.

Coming from a basketry tradition (Nantucket) known generally more for style or function than content, it is no wonder that I found the design and color of American Indian basketry inspirational. For me the creation of a simple ‘language’ of symbols led to a fascination with the basket as a rich vehicle for narrative content. The idea or ‘story’ for each vessel is expressed through the glyph-like symbols: the evolving object becomes imbued with the idea during the month-long meditation of weaving. Also, the full curves and volumes of the baskets are born out of the application of sacred geometry, which my husband Joel and I have studied for many years. The ratio of the parts to the whole is based on proportionality. I feel the baskets succeed when there is harmony of shape, design and symbolic content. When this subtle formal balance materializes, the woven vessels reflect the beauty to which I aspire. Although my baskets embrace tradition, they also step quietly beyond.