Mavis Muller
The Burning Basket Project
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated
to some stroke of the imagination.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Burning Basket Project began in Homer, Alaska in 2004, under the facilitation of artist/naturalist, Mavis Muller.

A group of spirited people joined on the beach of Kachemak Bay to create a large sculpture of an intricately woven basket. Natural materials, such as wild grass, nettle, and fireweed, sticks of alder, birch and spruce, were consciously gathered from the local environment.

The 10' basket took six days to create. On day seven, it was given as a gift to the community.  All were invited to interact with it by way of decorating the outside, and by tucking scrolls of written sentiments into the basket. At sundown, a torch was lit, the basket was burned.

This experience of community interactive, impermanent art has since been repeated in Homer each autumn.

Mavis brings years of basket making experience, and love of the art form and the natural world, into these large scale weavings that are meant to belong to everyone, to include community participation and outreach.

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"This type of creativity is a hands-on learning experience where the teacher and
the pupil are located in the same individual. Where we find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time."
- Mavis Muller 

Mavis has facilitated burning basket enactments in different communities in Alaska, California, and Oregon. Each collaborative sculpture was a woven representation of the unique local environment, each had different interactive themes, and each one met its conclusion through fire.These giant baskets are meant to be ephemeral, short lived, and meant to have a dramatic fiery conclusion as the many positive, heartfelt messages inside and out are respectfully released in sparks and flames. Something has ended. Something has begun.

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"Follow the nose of your curiosity, the sparks of your imagination, and the desire of your hands to engage the natural world in a unique way, and deepen its mystery." - Mavis Muller

The continuance of the Burning Basket Project is due in part to grant funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage, Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska, and Black Rock Arts Foundation, San Francisco, California.

Learn about the Burning Basket Project to connect Alaska and Hawaii in 2007-08.

The Burning Basket Project so far...

Sustain - Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska
, Sept. 2009
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Unity/Unidad - Basket of Non-Seperation
Columbus, New Mexico & Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico
, Feb. 2009
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Pulse - Basket of Love & Freedom
Maui, Hawaii, Feb. 2009
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Surpass - Basket of Rememberance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska, Sept. 2008
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Fluke - Basket of Safe Passage
Maui, Hawaii, Feb. 2008
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Migration - Basket of Coming & Going
Volcano Elementary School, Big Island, Hawaii, Jan. 2008
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Wishing Bell - Basket of New Beginning
Big Island, Hawaii, Jan. 2008
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Impart - Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska, Sept. 2007
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Afterglow - Basket of Harmony & Hope
Seldovia, Alaska, July 2007
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Cornucopia - Burning Basket of Gratitude & Manifestation

Ashland, Oregon, Nov. 2006
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Reflect - Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska, Sept. 2006
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Renew - Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska, Sept. 2005

Hearthfire - Basket of Clearing & Creative Renewal
Santa Cruz, California, Feb. 2005

Wishing Well - Basket of Wishes for Wellness
Mendocino, California, Dec. 2004

Overflow - Basket of Gratitude & Manifestation
Half Moon Bay, California, Nov. 2004

Adieu - Basket of Remembrance & Unburdening
Homer, Alaska, Sept. 2004

 
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