Having always had a nurturing affection for nature, I have worked in many media through the last 45 years. I discovered basket making in the Sonoran desert where modern coiled pine needle basket making is having a renaissance. Pine needle basket weaving has been around worldwide for a very long time.
Using my background in graphic design and my interest in natural found materials I produce baskets and plates with pine needles obtained from the Red Pine trees growing in the Canadian Shield. The needles are found on the ground put there by resident squirrels cutting them down to gather cones for food. My designs are inspired by found objects, artisan collaborations and various organic and synthetic dyes. I am drawn to the physical, collaborative and interactive nature of the creative process. The sympathetic exchange between nature, form, colour and community.