My baskets reflect my love of nature and working with my hands. I use natural materials found locally in the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding mountains to create the framework for my unique baskets.
My favorite material is grapevine because of its durability, plentifulness, and physical characteristics. It’s also a reminder that grapevine, being created before humankind, was present at our creation. The grain, tendrils, knots and curves of the grapevine reflect exposure to the elements as it grew. These features which give testimony to the harshness and struggle each vine encountered in its development are the same features that contribute to the beauty and uniqueness of each basket. The handles and ribs are “one of a kind,” making each piece of art truly an original. Colored reed, fabric strips and sea grass are also used for never-ending possible combinations.
I began weaving traditional market, egg, and gathering baskets over 25 years ago, while a stay-at-home mom. As my family matured, I refine my skill and technique for shaping and designing baskets, more energy and time available to devote to fulfilling my need and passion to create. Now that my children are on their own, I have dedicated more space in my home to basket weaving. I also sometimes opens my studio to individuals and groups who want to explore their creative selves or who just want to have fun.