Coulter Pine Needles, hammered and patinated copper, copper wire and raffia
H: 11" | W: 9" | D: 3"
I have been making round baskets for over 40 years. It is the nature of the technique that the stitching be made in a circular pattern. Lately I have been searching "beyond the boundaries" to "not" make circles but to use the same technique and make half circles, waves and hands reaching to the sky. Working with copper is a delightful contrast to the texture of the pine needles; it is hard, yet soft, it can be smooth or textured, it can be hammered and cut, giving shape to a form that the pine needles can follow and emphasize. These new designs are a challenge in that there are limitations that beckon me to reach beyond.