Original designs by Jill Choate.

Artists Statement: The construction of my vessels begin as a gift from the forest. The antler’s natural curve, coloration, and texture are taken into consideration and ignite the potential for a creative vessel to emerge. Even though some basket designs may be similar each basket is as unique unto itself as a fingerprint. Each creation is woven with the forest in mind. A branch, the smell of willow, brightly colored leaves, the wind passing through trees, snow sifting from the sky. Using the inspiration of these simple gifts the result is a vessel of woven nature. The designs are worked around the uniqueness of the antler as a focal point, the weave used as a drape to highlight its energy.