|Hand-wrapped baskets from SquareCircleWorks
Easter is coming. This is a traditional time for one of my favorite things... baskets! I spend a lot of time looking at these lovely woven works. What captivates me? Color, shape, texture? Maybe it's the utility of a basket that draws me to it. After all, baskets are relatively light and they can hold lots of stuff!
Maybe there is just something primal about a basket. Did you know that basket weaving may be the oldest form of textile art on the planet? (University of Arizona)
Traditionally, baskets were made of natural fibers - willow, pine needles, and reed, for example. Many crafters still use traditional materials and methods. Becky Bechtel of BrightExpectations makes beautiful baskets following this style.
|Large Woven Reed Storage Basket from BrightExpectations
Deb Grenert of lureart takes the traditional and adds a twist. A basket woven around a piece of driftwood...
|Coiled pine needle bowl with driftwood by lureart
Today basket makers have added non-traditional materials to the mix - wire, plastic bags, and magazines, for instance.
Check these lovelies out. How about a basket made of recycled plastic bags?
|Recycled plastic bag basket from SARAHRACHA
Here's a cool basket made from junk mail.
|Upcycled paper basket from Find Your Happy
I love the fun colors in this yarn basket.
|Yarn coiled basket from JCStars
Now THAT's eye candy!
Have a great day, everyone...
Womeldorff, Sara. “Basket Weaving: Old Tradition to New Art Form.” The University of Arizona, n.d.