Sunday, September 04, 2005

Macro Weaving - Macrame's Close Cousin!

The Daytona Beach News-Journal: East Volusia: "For years Ulery worked in soft sculpture, later switching to macroweaving, a macrame hybrid. While teaching a workshop on personal development, she said she heard about a class on basket weaving.

'I offered to teach it for free,' she said. Soon, she began taking classes in Florida and Georgia, sometimes finding herself the only student in the class, she said.

Baskets can be plain or as intricately patterned as cloth, but Ulery said she doesn't plan her designs too much. For her, the pleasure is watching them take shape in her hands, she said, describing them as being as pliable as clay.

'It's so neat. It's very simple and cheap to create, coil basketry has been practiced for thousands of years around the world, including Polynesia and Africa, where handicrafts form an important export trade.

The craft's zenith may have been reached in North America, where hundreds of American Indian tribes improvised distinctive styles using bark, hides, leaves and other material."

This sounds fascinating, I would love to hear from someone who does this. I am familiar with the beautiful flax baskets from the Polynesian nations. Love this woman's crafitness! :)

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