Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the
Apr 24, 2009 - Sep 06, 2009
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Concept and Design: These shoes were made to document a moment in time, the excitement and fervor over the nomination and inauguration of Barack Obama. What a time in our history! I took two of his campaign slogans and put them together to say “Yes we can change”. The head of Barack is placed purposely on the heel of the shoes (head over heels). The head of Barack is actually also the “O” in Obama. The “A” inside the shoe is hidden so that when you look into the shoe, you see the word BAM. This is in reference to the comic book super hero Barack that was created during his campaign. The blue star on the back of the shoe is holding up the words written on the outside of the shoe.
Interior of bowl painted and designed by Chris Hopkins
Concept: I contemplate the future for our children. A young woman is looking into a koi pond reflecting her future. Japanese associate koi with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. This is my hope for next generation and our future. I have wrapped the bowl with lotus pod tops symbolizing rebirth.