Japanese basket art. It takes ten years to apprentice in this art, and then more time to develop a style and voice. And then there's the material. These works last a long time. "...Japanese baskets coated with lacquer that date from the late Paleolithic era have been found at excavation sites. Processes that involve boiling the bamboo and treating it to make it stable under tremendous stress and climate changes..."
Polly Adams Sutton: "The manipulative qualities of western redcedar (Thuja plicata) bark are the cornerstone of my sculptural work. I harvest the bark in the spring when the sap is running up from the roots."