The baskets are not empty

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“The baskets are not empty. They are full of makers, there stories, their thoughts while making. The baskets are never empty. All of the thoughts jump out of the baskets into all of us.” Verna Nichols, Tasmania from ‘Baskets & Belonging’ by Lissant Bolton

Materials: New Zealand Flax from Gwen Egg’s house and the vacant lot on Hawker St., Adelaide City Eucalyptus botanical dye up-cycled silk, old corn husks, drift rope found wandering white sandy beaches of Tasmania.

Making: Mostly outside in the sun. Slowly. With friends. The last was made in my studio in my favourite chair by the window. Quietly. Listening to wise people podcasts, and contemplating love.

These baskets are free form, perfectly imperfect, following the Japanese concept of ‘KI’ or ‘imperfection’ in nature. The idea is that seeing and realising imperfection keeps us “humble” or natural, and this is how nature reminds us that imperfections are good.