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Tell us about your business.It started with a walk on the beach, a weathered piece of driftwood, a thought,"This is too beautiful to throw away, someone will love it as much as I do." The process is prep work, select form, materials, colors and dye. If I use harvested materials, I gather them at the proper time of year. I love what I do, the evolving has taken its twists and turns through local art shows, library displays sprinkled with college student works and one convention center.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.My studio is in the basement. I prep,dry, and separate supplies there. Then to the computer for design,color, text, and creating basket tags. The reed gets dyed, colored coded to materials and woven to a designed shape, with or without a gods-eye.
What inspires you?I am inspired by the beauty of nature. It is a challenge to use materials of irregular shapes with cracked surfaces to showcase the beauty of the imperfect. Lichens from the rain forests, African porcupine quills, and hollow horsetails now in season. Endless variety, and a process that always inspires with a new creation.
What makes your business stand out?I think it would be that I use unusual items in my baskets. The designs are original and not a pattern. Whale bone is hard to get as well as other materials. Our area is depressed, so standing out is a marketing challenge.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Do what you love, make a plan and don't be afraid to take risks. Train yourself,go back to school if necessary, you will reap the benefits. Knowledge and experience are power. It's a journey of discovery.
What does American Made mean to you?It means created in America, by Americans, presenting a quality product with American pride and spirit. I buy American Made rather than imported.
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