Shortly after relocating to NC I discovered the gourd as an art form. These gourds are grown locally and available at a local Farmer's Market. They are covered with a layer of dirt and grime. Cleaning, cutting and drilling holes are all part of the process. Color can be added in many ways....dye, paint and even shoe polish. I collect fallen needles from the long leaf pine tree, clean and dry them. These are sewn on with a natural jute interspersed with beads.
The paper baskets have intrigued me for years. I finally mastered the cat's ears, those little points at the bottom. The paper strips are cut from painted paper, 1/4 " wide. I've woven baskets using many different fibers and reeds, but the paper basket is my favorite.