Basket with Black Walnut

31 Jan

This new shower. What can I say? The water is now HOT and the patterns of the tile are totally transporting. I rub them in the morning. Run my hand over each one that I can read. Notice the texture. The coolness. And most of all, become immersed in their visual message. This one must be placed just so because it is where my eye finally lands. Always. And it speaks to me of universe beyond universe. The energy of creation.

And this morning, gazing here, it came to me to do this. To use black walnut. To dye AFTER the basket is complete. And then another idea. A variation. Because I sensed a need for the unexpected. A way to allow light into the center.




23 Responses to “Basket with Black Walnut”

  1. nanacathy2 January 31, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    Now I just love that. Do you use something inside the fabric strips? I ask because I have used cord wrapped with yarn to make a vessel

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      with the other baskets, the cord was wrapped with fabric. with this one, i didn’t wrap the cord with anything. just stitched it into the shape of this bowl. the cord is 7/32″ quite thick–and really created a stury bowl!

  2. grace January 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    am breathless

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:13 am #

      i am as well. who would have thought ?

  3. beth January 31, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Ohhh. I would need a very big basket to hold how much I love this.

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:15 am #

      oh this comment of yours. why does it touch me so? i wondered and it came to me–it was what we would say–when the young ones were, well, young. the answer to the question “how much do I love you?”–and the answer was–“more than a huge grey rock.” yep. a rock. the touchstone. it was every thing.

  4. Liz January 31, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    My daughter has tile like this and I have a hard time leaving the shower … the scent of water on rock is mesmerizing …
    And I love how this led you to black walnut dye and the “fault lines” in your baskets … incredible creative synergy at work

    • Anonymous February 1, 2015 at 6:17 am #

      ah yes, that’s it. a “fault line.” and i read the other day in Anam Cara–a quote from Wiilliam Blake–“colours are the wounds of light.” fault lines.

      • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:18 am #

        that was me, Liz. don’t know why i came up as “anonymous.” funny.

  5. debbie.weaver January 31, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Amazing, love it.

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:18 am #

      this may be a one time ah-ha. too early to say, but yes, it returns your love as well.

  6. Nancy January 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh Patricia. I believe this is my favorite for I love the color, the light while ‘sturdy’ in nature and the story. Isn’t it so amazing how things become. The tile is gorgeous and so inspiring for you. What a blessing to shower in such a ‘hot’ bed of ideas! Years ago I took photos at a weaving conventions. Baskets like this (not of cloth if I remember correctly) captured me the most 🙂

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      weavers amaze me. yes. spiders as well. to think that function and beauty are so closely related.

  7. Dana January 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    The energy of creation is right. This whole sequence of inspiration (and yes, that tile is amazing) transmuting to object illustrates it perfectly.

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:22 am #

      as i think about your comment i’m so acutely aware that those moments come on their own. cannot be duplicated by simply wanting. so i wait.

  8. Marti January 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Holding light, space, air,;this basket breathes and I want to hold it and then take it outside when spring comes, collect some grasses, seed pods, weave a few into the slits but not to cover them, just to say, Welcome Earth..

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:24 am #

      welcome earth. well come. earth. it’s as though i’m hearing those words for the first time, spoken in a language i’ve never heard before.
      well come.

  9. user107055 January 31, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    oh..deep breaths and sighs..of just delight..i so liked the table full of colors..and now this..a whole new set of delight..form and color and oh the light.. so open and so full.. cynthia

    • Patricia February 1, 2015 at 6:24 am #

      thank you cynthia. i hope the day brings forth healing and peace for you.

  10. deemallon February 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    I thought the tile was cloth! and the basket, well I agree with the others — it takes the breath away… in particular I like where the sides part from each other.

    • Patricia February 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      hi Dee. been thinking about you in all that snow. this bowl actually didn’t look quite so great when it dried, but i’m still playing with the idea.

      • deemallon February 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

        Oh well. It is hard to capture fluidity but it looks like you are close. It is snowing (again) as I type this.

  11. Mo Crow February 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    love this earth honouring

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