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  • Beyond baskets

    Weaver breaks with tradition, creating works of colorful exuberance
  • Local artist Sue Yamins has taken basket weaving to a new level, creating exuberant, fanciful pieces that bring to mind the illustrations of Dr. Seuss or the colorful, organic forms of glass artist Dale Chihuly.
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  • Local artist Sue Yamins has taken basket weaving to a new level, creating exuberant, fanciful pieces that bring to mind the illustrations of Dr. Seuss or the colorful, organic forms of glass artist Dale Chihuly.
    "I was like a lot of people who get into basket work and start by following traditional methods, shapes and motifs," said Yamins, who lives in a rural area between Phoenix and Medford. "My pieces have become more sculptural and less functional."
    Yamins creates baskets that have dried gourd bases topped with coils of pine needles, waxed linen, raffia, artificial sinew, silk or wool.
    She burns design outlines into each gourd, then colors in the often intricate designs with dyes.
    Then the coiling starts, with Yamins building up layer upon layer of basketry.
    Some of her pieces are fairly simple, such as one with a muted green gourd base topped with two coiled tubes done in natural straw colors.
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