Paint Me a River!

Harvesting the Skagit

Harvesting the Skagit

“Harvesting the Skagit” is Katherine’s entry to the upcoming exhibit “Paint Me A River! Art Meets History” at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. The museum asked local artists to submit pieces that reflected their personal interpretation of some facet of local history. This exhibit with over 75 original works rendered in paint, glass, bronze, neon, photography, basketry, and multi-media, reveal the wide variety of interesting, amusing and surprising responses that Skagit history can inspire.

Katherine weaving her basket.

Katherine weaving her basket.

Katherine based the form on a traditional tulip bulb harvest basket which was about a bushel and a half size round basket with side handles. She used a variety of colors to showcase the diversity of willows that we have brought here to grow on our farm.

Trimming the ends inside the basket.

Trimming the ends inside the basket.

I was able to persuade Katherine to let me take a few photos while she was weaving this basket. Normally she doesn’t care for me and the camera while she is working.

Weaving the "roped" handles.

Weaving the “roped” handles.

Finishing a handle.

Finishing a handle.

The exhibit opening is Saturday, October 10, 4-7 pm with wine, hors d’oeurves, live music, and a chance to meet the artists. The Museum is at 501 South 4th Street, at the top of the hill, in historic La Conner, WA.

Katherine Lewis, Skagit Valley willow basketmaker

Katherine Lewis, Skagit Valley willow basketmaker

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10 thoughts on “Paint Me a River!

  1. Great basket – I normally prefer baskets woven with just one variety, but this one is beautiful.
    – and I like the photos of the process too.
    Lene

  2. Katherine, I just discovered your blog from a link on Jessamyn’s food blog. This basket is truly amazing!

    • Thanks Jon. Should be a good exhibit at the museum. It runs Oct. 10 through Jan. 3.

  3. Oh! I saw this basket at the museum. It really stood out. Thank you for showing us how it came to be. It is so interesting.

  4. This basket is amazing! The pattern of the colored willow with the take on zig zag is great. You must have been so pleased to watch it ‘flow’.

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