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 Object 2018
Blown glass.
380 x 180 mm.

Wild basketry is the art of braiding plants picked along promenades : rush, viburnum, hops, hazel, honeysuckle, etc.

The twisted stems can be used to make different kinds of baskets or traditional jars that were used to preserve cereals and various foodstuffs.

By weaving these plant fibers, the basket maker can make a variety of objects such as baskets, hats, armchairs, etc.

 

Hops are wild perennial herbaceous climbing plants that can grow to a height of 10 meters, like lianas.

Notably used to make, flavor, preserve and add a bitterness to beer, it is also used to craft wild basketry. Indeed, if cones are an ingredient for beer, long stems allow braiding.

 

In basketry, flexible stems come from regional species. Hop being an endemic plant in the north of France, it is logically gathered for wild basketry.

Its long stems, harvested from September to November, are used for braiding. Hops lianas are an excellent material ; the term "textile plant" is frequently used.

 

Wild basketry made of hops constitutes a lesser-known handcraft than that of beer, but local people do know that hops can be used in other ways than just crafting beer.

This vase takes up the stems of this endemic plant as an element of the vase combined with glass, while drawing inspiration from the weaving work of the basket maker.

 

This vase is made in collaboration with a basket maker of the region of Avesnois (precisely Féron) : Pascal Harbonnier.