Artist: Deb Curtis
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Address: 2115 SE Crystal Lake Drive [map]
Baskets are a tradition that is changing. I design and produce contemporary baskets using traditional basketry materials. By linking basket materials with knitting, tapestry weaving, or surface design I create “new” baskets. Through the blending of colors and textures I change the character of the basket from only a functional vessel to a container that expresses a concept.
After a challenge to use the birch bark scraps I had from other baskets I made I created this style of basket. By experimenting and combining it with natural materials from the Northwest United States I created a contemporary basket style. Now I have a use for all those scraps! I hand gather the spoke and rim material, Western Red cedar bark, from the woods of Oregon.