I clearly remember the exhilaration of making my first basket. There were several things which enthralled me right from the start.
The use of natural materials in basketry has always appealed to me and resonates with my love of the natural world. Through the process of respectfully gathering, preparing and incorporating materials from nature, I find a deepened respect and appreciation for the long tradition of basket making found in all cultures.
I find the sheer variety of construction techniques used in creating either traditional baskets or more contemporary sculptural forms endlessly fascinating. There seems to be no end to the variations of technique and creative potential.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to study with numerous outstanding basketmakers and have explored a wide variety of techniques and materials. Since moving to Salt Spring Island in 1994, I have taught basketry extensively and have found this to be a very rewarding aspect of my basketry experience.