Welcome! Here is a bit of info about my creations. I tend to use a lot of dyed rope in my process of rope vessel making. Partly because I LOVE color and the other part (that is a huge bonus) is that it extends the life of the bag to pretty much forever. I love the simple look of the natural rope but it can become dirty more quickly. Not to worry though! The bags CAN be washed, so if all natural is for you, you will not be disappointed in the end. With the dyed rope, it just becomes soft and worn over time and the color holds so well.
I initially used only natural dyes, but unfortunately they fade a lot over time on cotton. They are much more colorfast with animal fibers and less colorfast with plant fiber. It's also a very intricate process. I started using non-toxic 100% safe commercial dyes because of a custom order and realized that was going to be my future. The colors barely fade or change with time. I just love mixing lots of colors together and seeing what the outcome is. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother as a child - she was an amazing painter and we did loads of art together, mixing paints and talking about how to blend. I feel like those experiences with her are the building blocks to my artistic process.
Many folks have asked me if i glue the baskets first - NO! Everything I make is done freehand on a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch. It takes a very steady eye and hand to achieve the shapes that I have learned to make. I have called it cotton pottery at times. I used to do ceramic pottery and it feels very similar!
Lastly, you will often see wooden buttons (all locally made by hand and finished with beeswax) branches or driftwood incorporated into my creations. The rope has such a beautiful texture and aesthetic as a basket or bag, and adding a bit of nature just amplifies that even more.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my work!