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Each of my gourds and baskets is unique, and the process involves numerous steps. The dried gourds must be cleaned, inside and out, and cut as desired. Then designs are wood burned into the gourd and colors are applied with dyes. Once the gourd is completed the coiling begins.
I like to use a variety of materials for the coiling. They can be made of pine needles, grasses, cattails, fiber rush or polished hemp. I also use different materials for the stitching including waxed linen, raffia, artificial sinew, silk and wool. As I continue creating gourd/baskets I find an ever-expanding list of materials that can be incorporated into my pieces.
Each project begins with an idea and then develops and changes as the piece is actually made. This morphing, from mind to reality, is one of the most intriguing aspects of the process for me. I produce pieces both in traditional and contemporary styles and am always exploring and expanding my techniques and materials. I find that working with gourds and coiled basketry techniques is a continuous learning process and provides unlimited creative possibilities.