Most of my favorite basketmakers are from the North West United States and include people like Katherine Lewis, Polly Adams Sutton, Judy Zugish and many others. Out there, most makers are really into natural materials like I am including cedar bark, kelp, sea grasses and lots of other really cool materials. That's absolutely not the case back east, so every time I go out west, I feel a real kinship to these makers.
Sunday morning I got up and drove all day long to explore the Oregon coast. Needless to say, it was fabulous! Here's some images below for you to enjoy.
Tuesday and Wednesday I ended my trip in Berkeley, California at The Caning Shop, teaching about 20 students who are all members of the Bay Area Basketmakers guild. I repeated the 2 advanced baskets from Oregon and again, had an incredible time. During my stay, I was lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Berkeley home of renowned fiber artist, Yoshiko Wada.
If you're interested in taking a basket weaving class from me, check out my class schedule. In addition, if you have a guild that would be interested in hosting me, I'd love to talk to you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org