I made Basket Lost in the Woods a few years ago. It started simply as an experiment in creating a larger 3D piece. Using the different techniques I had learned earlier in my poly clay career, I played with them and created a basket. I had no plan, the basket just became and it needed a story to be real. I imagined this basket as part of picnic, perhaps holding the seasonings or candy for later. When the participants packed up to go home this little basket was left behind. A strong wood blew it into the woods where it became the support for baby Jack-in the-Pulpits and other plants. The inside was the landing place for dead leaves which provided nourishment for mushrooms to grow. A praying mantid in search of bugs among the vegetation crawls over the top. Each of the parts added at different times as its story unfolded. The basket complete, it sat on a shelf. Story finished.
Recently I learned about a collaboration to create an installation called Into the Forest. The organizers put out a call to polymer clay artists for work representing the life elements found in the forest. Aha! My basket found its home. I mailed it yesterday to be part of the installation and am hopeful it transforms as part of a larger work created by artists from around the world. For more info about Into the Forest check out their Facebook page.