After many delays and a few false starts, I sat down and made seven garlic baskets in just a few days. They are sweet and satisfying baskets to make. Each one uses the exact same material, a lightweight rush often used in caning chairs. The spokes in each basket are all cut to the same length, as is the one long weaver. And yet each basket feels unique to me. Each one develops its own personality as I work on it. Some end up longer with a more narrow neck. Some seem to want to be short and squat. Each one has a mind of its own. I just weave and listen. They all bring me pleasure as I sit on the deck to weave, or talk with a friend, or watch a movie on Netflix late at night.
You’ll be able to see the results this Saturday, June 11th at the Cherry Valley Day Festival, held at the Josie Porter Farm from 10 am to 5 pm. All the beautiful items from the members of Mandala Design Works will be shown and Wellspring Holistic Center will be offering mini-treatments.
I love the idea of bringing them to a farm where beautiful, organic garlic is grown. It seems like such a perfect match. So when the garlic is ready to harvest this year, you’ll know where to go to fill your basket with the freshest, tastiest garlic around.
The event this Saturday is free! And there will be music, crafts, educational demos, food and lots of fun.