I am a multimedia artist who particularly enjoys basket weaving, including sculptural pieces. The fibers I use are primarily locally gathered bull whip kelp, and the leaves, stems and shoots of local land plants. I adorn with sea plants, driftwood, shells, nuts and seeds. My baskets can be utilitarian or art objects representative of the Northwest Pacific Coast.
The kelp baskets are very labor intensive, involving 7 steps. I usually gather the kelp after it has dried on the beach, soak it so that I can make it into rings to store, and dry it completely, When I am ready to weave a basket, I soak it, weave it, and dry it once again after it is woven. Then I apply oil to it to bring out color and help preserve the kelp. As the final stage I thoroughly dry it once again.
I am overjoyed when the conditions of kelp and weather are just right and I can sit on the beach and weave kelp baskets! I love working with kelp and it always has it's say in how the basket turns out--which delights me, being it's co-creator. No two baskets are ever the same.