2. How has your work evolved with time and what do you see for the future of your shop?
The first basket I made was a completely different technique and style than what I create now. Rope coiling is not a ~new~ technique in the world of sewing. Many quilters use their fabric scraps to wrap around the rope and to add color tot he rope before sewing it into a basket or bowl. That is exactly how I learned in the beginning. Here is the first basket I ever made (Pictured left). When I started making my first baskets, the tedious process of wrapping and cutting 1” thick pieces of rope was so boring and not very minimalist or cohesive with my own personal style. I finally scrapped the whole idea of making baskets with fabric entirely because the color of the rope itself is beautiful in its own state. My pieces now are white with splashes of color through thread contrasting and has become very popular with other mediums for baskets as well. The process of rope vessel production is quite similar to throwing pottery on a wheel. There are many different techniques that I have learned over time and many positions and angles of the vessel during production all goes into the final result.
After I started to have increased confidence in my baskets and home goods, I decided to begin making handbags and backpacks. I wanted by pieces to provide purpose for any lifestyle and simplicity for type of person. Simple, timeless colors and shapes that allow my pieces to be used for a lifetime that only get better with time. My designs and techniques from all of my wearables were all made within my mind. I did not take any leather classes or asked handbag makers for opinions or help, I did trial and error and made each piece my own. Overtime, my work has increased in quality and confidence in its longevity.