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In 1960 was blessed with my daughter, Deborah; my daughter Susan followed in 1964. Working at that time in the commercial graphic arts field I experimented with photography, shooting from an artist’s view, playing with natural lighting and the fabulous textures of black and white. Although I understood that I was drawn to the look, feel, and smell of wood I thought my love of texture would lead me to spin and weave my own fabric. I dove headlong into traditional embroideries, needlepoint, crewelwork, and many other forms of fine hand needlework designing and working some of my own pieces.

In the early 1980’s I moved north to the foothills of the White Mountains. My life changed the day I saw a fine black ash basket at an art show at Plymouth State College. My heart raced, my mouth dried and the world receded. There was only the basket. I knew at that moment this was the culmination of my search. It was the right material, the right form, and yes, the right texture. I found an elderly woman who taught me how to pound an ash log to acquire the satin ribbons of splint.

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