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A woven basket made of date stems and grapevines, Sculpture Basket, House Decoration, Holyland

A woven basket made of date stems and grapevines (three per basket).

Dimensions:  
Height:          40 cm./15.7 in
Diameter:      44 cm./17.3 in.
Weight:         1.7 kg./3.7 lb.

Smooth grapevines give this stable basket added strength and a pleasantly delicate texture.

I began working with grapevines as part of my basketry R&D, experimenting with them and examining methods of including them in baskets. Grapevines are special because of their motion and curved shape. That is why I fell in love with them and decided to use them along with the more conventional straight branches. Each type of branch has its own qualities and the resulting baskets differ from one another. Every vine has its own message and form, allowing for infinite combinations, each creating a new shape that is always a surprise. Weaving with grapevines never fails to leave me astounded and entertained.

Like a climbing wall, grapevines intertwined with date stems provide climbing holds that enable one to ascend higher and higher. We need climbing holds in life—outstanding events and meaningful instances. Life routines provide us with stability and firm ground that is hard to leave behind. Climbing holds give us joy and lightheartedness to rise above this routine and climb ever higher.

 Grapevines “distort” the basket, introducing constant movement and dynamics, as though it were waiting for the next wave to break.

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