The prevalence of digital photography has made it easy to make all kinds of nifty printed gifts. I took advantage of a nice offer at one of the local printers to make a calendar for Dunbar Gardens of Katherine’s willow baskets. The easy part is finding photos of some of the wonderful baskets Katherine has made throughout the year. The hard part is finding good photos that I would like others to be looking at for a month. Most of the baskets have been sold, so there are no second chances for a better shot. Here’s what I came up for this year (click on the thumbnails for a larger view:
One of my favorite websites is Flickr.com. I enjoy posting and sharing photos of Katherine’s work and Dunbar Gardens. One of the nice features of Flickr are the group photo pools, and there are a few groups dedicated to basketry. I have posted quite a few photos in the group *Basket. This group invites all basketmakers, collectors and anyone with an interest in baskets and hand woven items to post their basketry related images. This group has a sister group called *Basket World which has an emphasis on Baskets at work around the world – “baskets in use, being worn, carried, burnt, thrown away, loved, stacked, sold, filled, emptied…”. Artist and photographer Tim Johnson is the administrator of these two groups. Tim’s goal is to make the two pools as vibrant as possible to celebrate our craft.
There are other groups as well that I frequent that are of interest to basketmakers and weavers. Check out Handwoven, Coiled and Twined Basketry, Traditional American Basketry, and *String, Cordage, Binding, Bundles, Braiding & Wrapping. So sign up for Flickr and join in the fun!
Check out the Crafts Report Insight April 2009: Baskets. Katherine was one of 13 artisans chosen to share business insights with fellow craftspeople. The editor asked basketmakers to contribute a couple of images and a 100 word essay for this online feature. Believe me; it is difficult to write a concise but interesting tip about marketing your work. I usually end up in the role of editor in Katherine’s marketing efforts. I’m also her photographer which may put her at a disadvantage! I’m always open to constructive criticism on the photos.