For those in the basket world, Billie Ruth Sudduth is a maker to emulate and admire. Her basket prowess is well recognized as her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution and New York's Museum of Art and Design. The shapes of her baskets are just wonderful. Made without a mold, all of the shaping is done by hand, pulling the damp reed into place to create the 4 feet of the cats head at the bottom, the wider curves of the center, and tightening to the much smaller rim.
|Illusions basket by Billie Ruth Sudduth|
I've used some of our own baskets to create linoleum block prints - the woven patterns and negative spaces really lend themselves to the medium. I've also made some Carolina Snowflakes like this one, though I made them from wired ribbon rather than fighting with the basket reed. I think a linocut of one of these snowflakes might be in my future.
|Carolina Snowflake by Billie Ruth Sudduth|
It's sometimes hard to decide where to start in creating patterns that make sense for baskets or any other geometric medium. In this case, Billie Ruth took inspiration from the Fibonacci Sequence to create the basket pattern, creating an unusual pattern, but based on a repeatable formula. I'm inspired by these beautiful and unusual baskets with wonderful shapes.
|Fibonacci in Reverse basket by Billie Ruth Sudduth|