I use locally gathered wild honeysuckle vines in much of my rib construction work. Vines can be gathered at any time of the year, but I prefer to gather in the early spring, when the sap is running, for easy peeling of the vines. Rib construction baskets are strong and functional yet with a uniquely beautiful play between vine and design.
Random Woven Construction
Random Woven, twining and plaiting are some of the techniques commonly found in my work. I use a wide variety of materials including those I gather from the woods and waters of my Salt Spring Island home. All of these materials are harvested respectfully and sustainably, taking what I need and leaving most of the plants to continue to thrive. I do my own processing, drying and dying of materials. I also use found objects, recycled and imported materials.