“Open your eyes to the possibilities around you!” Students in Jo Campbell-Amsler’s Natural Baskets: Grow & Weave class last week did just that by starting from the ground up, exploring a variety of natural materials that could be used for basketmaking.
Using willow, bark, iris and daylily leaves, roots, vines, sticks and branches, several rib-style baskets took shape in students’ hands during this four-day class.
Creating a basket from gathered materials embodies mindfulness. From the harvesting to the weaving to the enjoyment of using, these baskets continue to give back to the maker. Retaining their natural colors and sweet, grown-in-the-sun scent, they hold well-cultivated memories.
Taking note of what’s around you and how you can incorporate it into your art, whether it’s something tangible like willow or small treasures like driftwood, shells or stones to use for embellishments, or even inspiration from the forms and colors of nature, we naturally think of looking at our own Washington Island surroundings.
Opening up to the possibilities and using the gifts nature provides is a gift in itself!