05 December 2014

After a long pause

In the nature of living, things sometimes happen very fast. It is over a year since I had time or energy to reflect on the process or product of my making.
Preparation and planning is everything, the process has become far more important.
I have taken a  turn in making, baskets have become more refined which means the overall process is often slower, but at the same time more efficient.
The selection and quality of material has such an effect on the final result that it is always better to discard anything that is damaged or of poor quality.

This means I take more time and look more often in selecting the right pieces. Sometimes it may look to others as if I am not doing much in the workshop. 
Bending and feeling pieces of willow or hazel to judge whether they are in the right condition to use is a bit like working with people. If you force them into uncomfortable situations they often react in unexpected ways

relationship between elements

Knots, twists and weaves of joining elements