Here, Eva is showing me the plant materials that she uses to make her baskets. She gathers and processes all the materials herself: Juncus textilis, Rhus trilobata (basketbush), and Muhlenbergia rigens (deergrass). She has collecting permits from the necessary public agencies. She dyes some of the juncus black using walnut shells, oak, and old metal.
This is a very large basket that she spent many, many months working on.
I was honored to be there, and she is the most kind, pleasant, and cheerful person I have met. She loves to weave baskets, and it shows in the detail and quality of her work. As they say, how you do something is how you do everything, and her work demonstrates her to be a careful, thoughtful person who uses traditional materials in traditional ways to create her baskets. Thank you, Eva!