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Optics Basket

Wire & Paper Basket

Created by Sally Prangley
Prangley blends traditional basketry making with wire-working techniques and adds paper in the process to create wire and paper baskets. The base is woven from fine-gauge annealed steel wire, and the sides are constructed of heavy-gauge annealed steel wire that's concealed within the paper panels that form the basket's shape.

The seven side paper panels are made with many layers of papers that are "painted" on with a special glue onto their fiberboard underlayment to create color, texture, and strength. Unryu rag papers from Asia and tissue papers are primarily used in the panels, and commercial papers are used for the cut out graphic details. The black and white panels are sealed with a gel medium that helps protect the basket during use and from ultra-violet light.

The resulting wire and paper basket is solid, strong, and functional. The basket rim is finished off in a wire-wrapping technique and the base is completed with a centerpiece of vintage buttons. Use a soft cloth to clean/wipe down, and do not place in direct full sunlight. Because of the handmade nature of the work, no two "Optics Baskets" are exactly alike.

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