Vivian Byers

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Pine Needle Baskets
 
Artist’s Statement
My goal is to make baskets that are functional as well as decorative. I enjoy the process and continue to try new and different ways of making and decorating the baskets. Once a basket has been started I am never sure how it will turn out. I use my creativity to add various colors, textures, beads, etc. to the basket, making it an art form.
Biography
About 6 years ago, I discovered the art of making pine needle baskets. My baskets are made from hand collected pine needles with artificial sinew used to sew the needles together forming various shapes. No items are ever exactly alike. I collect needles that are at least 8 inches in length, as they make a very sturdy basket. I wash and dye them, using RIT dye or natural materials. I store them in the freezer to keep them pliable. The coil method is the most common for starting a basket. The needles are wrapped with sinew and coiled to start the center. Black walnut slices are also used for the center of the basket, as are many different sizes and lengths of wood or pottery. If using the basket as a container, it must be kept dry. Place a cloth in the basket prior to adding unwrapped food items. If the basket gets wet, use a hair dryer to dry it as soon as possible to avoid mold. Baskets can be sprayed with a clear paint spray to protect them.


Examples of Vivian Byers's Artwork

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Pine Needle Basket

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Pine Needle Basket

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Pine Needle Basket

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Pine Needle Basket

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Pine Needle Basket