Bias plaited basket with copper strips and patina by metal artist Frances Solar
Frances Solar is a contemporary Canadian artist who combines textile techniques with unconventional materials to create unique woven sculptures, both free-standing and wall-mounted. Fran currently lives and works in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.
She has been a traditional weaver & textile artist for many years, and applying the same techniques & ideas to industrial materials is a natural progression of her work. She began working with copper as its warm colour has always attracted her. Copper wire is easily available in many colours, and just like traditional fibers it is flexible, can be manipulated, patinated etc. She now has more freedom to design & improvise on the loom as she weaves & the resulting wire cloth can be shaped into a sculptural form that has no real function other than being something beautiful with wonderful colours, and textures. She names them ‘vessels’ rather than ‘baskets’ as the latter word implies a function.