Bernadine Dosch has been making baskets for 50 years. She uses a variety of materials such as reed, wire, beads, waxed linen imported from Ireland and willow. Dosch has studied different techniques in Great Britain and Japan and has a collection of baskets from her travels to many countries.
"Baskets have been used by many cultures over the years. I have been very interested in studying different cultures and their use of basketry. Baskets have not survived as pottery has due to the type of material used in primitive basket weaving. I am inspired by some of the complex weaves of old baskets and the variety of materials available for use today. There are natural materials, like the horsetail plant that grows along the AuSable river to black ash, which the native Americans made use of. Almost anything that is pliable or can be made so by soaking can be used to weave with."
Bernie has received awards for her waxed linen miniature baskets at the AMB conventions in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. In 1993, she was asked to make an ornament for the White House Christmas tree, which was then sent to the Smithsonian as part of their permanent collection. She has been featured in the Country Folk Art Magazine and on Martha Stewart’s Blog.
"For master craftsman Bernadine Dosch, the most beautiful things come in the smallest of packages. The Grayling, Michigan native regularly spends hours creating one flawless basket tiny enough to fit in your hand." -Martha Stewart