My Pineapple baskets are inspired by beautiful Japanese flower knot plaiting I first saw on bark purses in Tokyo 20 years ago. I finally learned the technique from Jiro Yonezawa in 2017. The flowers are not ornamental, they are structural. The 236 individual flower knots form the basket on a hemp leaf plaited base with archival varnish. Exotic pineapples, both real and in home decoration became a symbol of welcome in Europe and America. While acknowledging the evils of colonization that supported their export in centuries past, I made this one to welcome students and guests into my studio.
H: 14" | W: 9" | D: 10"