Tell us about your business.My love of weaving grew from my wicker furniture restoration background which began in 1990 in Berkeley California. It was then my passion for quality design and construction took flight. My work in restoration of antique and contemporary wicker furniture, ran the gamut from simple cane wrap replacements on the legs of chairs to full re-weaves of much larger, estate pieces. The blending of old with new finishes emerged as an equally important part of the total restoration work. The baskets I now create are the instinctual next-step of my development as a crafts-person using these traditional materials and techniques. My weaving materials are simple; reed, cane and whole rattan. These fibers are treated with cellulose dyes before the weaving process begins. A sanding and re-dying technique brings out the texture of the intricate weave patterns. A lustrous, hand-rubbed wax finish brings the basket to completion.
What's the best business advice you've received?Always do your best and never take anything personally!
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NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
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