When I began weaving in the beginning of the 80s, I became fascinated by natural fibers. I experimented to find the potential of different fiber materials. By folding and putting sticks into fabric, my work soon became three-dimensional – and after having experimented with different sculptural forms, pulling the warp together, the first basket “arose” from my loom about 1987.
Besides appreciating the basket’s physical form, I appreciate the basket’s philosophical aspects. Baskets have been used since prehistoric times, as one of the first “tools,” made to gather food and bring it home to share with the family group or tribe. I like using this ancient form in a new way – as an artform. I like the dialogue with the fibers and natural materials – the time gathering them, dividing them into usable components. I like playing with the form – using the inner and outer space of the basket. I like using the basket as a sculpture – an architectonic microcosm, supporting itself. I like the freedom that the limitation of the basketform gives me. And, by all means, I like being connected to all the basketmakers of the world – ancient and contemporary.