While cruising down my MooseBoots path, I have been fascinated by arts and creative endeavors. I do not consider myself artistic in the least, but find myself drawn (hee, hee, hee, pun clearly intended) to things like drawing, carving, and ... basket making. Of course, I don't normally do things the easy way or the "traditional way" of easing into new skills. I dive right in.
Over the spring and summer, I worked on gathering materials and building skills for making a basket. Of course, it was and on again, off again project. Most of the basket itself was made with Aunt Tammy in my thoughts. I finished the weaving part the day she died, so really there is a lot of her in there. Over the summer, I found some material for the rim and finished the project.
The basket is made with Iris and Lily leaves and a small piece of cattail cordage in the bottom to hold things together. The rim is made from a hardwood slat we got from a business in a local industrial park. The top finish piece and the binding cords are basswood cordage that I twisted myself. Here are the finished photos of my very first basket.
I find great peace in working artistically, in spite of my clear lack of skill. I also decided that my baskets would probably come out better with purchased materials that are dimensionally uniform ... of course, if you are here, you know that that is NOT what I am about and it is NOT how I work. My MooseBoots journey is really about connecting with Nature and the Earth. As such, I can't think of a better way to gather materials. Maybe the next one will be a little better.