Basket making has always been an interest of mine. Even the most simple woven vessels are remarkable in their craftsmanship and form. Every basket from an ancient natural vine basket, to a mass produced wicker basket is handwoven. That is just incredible to me - in a time when so many things are mechanized or computerized, baskets remain a true handicraft.
A few weeks ago when the studio was looking for a break, a trip outside of our office, and some inspiration, we decided to go to the Met to see the show Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection.
I loved this sculptural form for it’s graceful movement. The artist seamlessly uses the change in density to shape the woven form.
A beautiful, organic example of the twining technique. Something about this object is just so appealing!
A plaited vessel - the pattern created by plaiting is so calming and timeless. Reminds me of our wallcovering, Kodiak!
A beautiful and dramatic design incorporating the traditional Japanese gold leafing technique.
These formal baskets were lovely - the whole show is absolutely worth a visit! It will be on display at the Met Fifth Avenue, Galleries 224-232, through February 4, 2018.
My daughter, Sophie’s (the light blue M&M) Halloween costume. A very Ode to Color holiday!