Lina Jane Prairie
Today we’re inspired by the kelp baskets of Inverness artist Lina Jane Prairie, who has a kelp harvesting license through the state. She uses two types of seaweed in her work: bull kelp and walking kelp.
“When I walk on a shore I examine every seaweed. The colors, patterns, shapes, and textures of this life form fascinate me.
When I make a basket the kelp comes to life again for me. I’ll have an idea, even a plan about what I’ll make. It always becomes something else along the way. I love this surprise.
Sometimes I feel as if I can make a basket with my eyes closed or that the basket makes itself in my hands. Often the kelp and I struggle in the construction. It’s so much fun.”