Emily Dvorin is a scupltural basketry artist in Sausalito, California.

"My Universe"

43”x25”x25”
tomato cage, fabric, plastic, zippers, embroidery floss, pencils, needlepoint canvas, buttons, cable ties

This is the biggest basket I have ever made.

It stands almost as tall as I am and it took the longest time to make of any of my pieces….7 months of steady work.  It uses all my favorite colors, especially a lot of purple."

A contemporary vessel by Sausalito basket artist, Emily Dvorin, made from tomato cage, fabric, plastic, zippers, embroidery floss, pencils, needlepoint canvas, buttons, and cable ties.

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The beginning step in the creation of a contemporary vessel by Sausalito basket artist, Emily Dvorin, made from a purple tomato cage.

The ordinary beauty of the structure took my breath away. My inner voice began asking questions: "What could I do with that?", "How could I break up the space?", "What techniques would I use?", " What materials?". 

I let it sit in my studio for a few months while my ideas percolated.

To begin, I added “spines” of hot pink plastic tubing, separating the tiers into more than 50 sections.  One by one, I filled the sections using  different fiber techniques and materials. 

Details of a contemporary vessel by Sausalito basket artist, Emily Dvorin, made from tomato cage, fabric, plastic, zippers, embroidery floss, pencils, needlepoint canvas, buttons, and cable ties.

My concept was to put all these patches together into a quilt-like 

3-dimensional piece.

 

The process was all about what I like to do the most.

A contemporary vessel by Sausalito basket artist, Emily Dvorin, made from tomato cage, fabric, plastic, zippers, embroidery floss, pencils, needlepoint canvas, buttons, and cable ties.

I used my favorite fiber techniques as well as some other methods that I've experimented with in the past.

I used a lot of embroidery and weaving. Even macrame showed up in some patches!

The piece took on an autobiographical flavor as I worked on it.

I LOVED IT!

It all started with a hot pink tomato cage that i found at the hardware store.