Here's an article that was published in Natural Homes Magazine a few years ago. Now it is called Mother Earth Living. http://www.motherearthliving.com/green-homes/good-to-know-lead.aspx
If the link doesn't work for you, here is one of the photos that accompanied the article. It was taken by Lanny Severson, who publishes Eugene Magazine. This is in our dining room, with our collection of Navajo rugs in the background.
Earth-inspired art: Since 1986, Donna Sakamoto Crispin
has been creating contemporary baskets that incorporate Pacific
Northwest indigenous techniques, Japanese aesthetics, and materials and
inspiration from the natural world. Her work ranges from baskets of
handmade paper and cedar bark to life-size figures woven from willow
Melding cultures: To master traditional techniques,
Sakamoto Crispin attends workshops by Japanese and aboriginal
instructors. "The influence from other cultures isn’t something I take
lightly," says Sakamoto Crispin, a third-generation Japanese American.
"I try to be respectful."
Home grown: Sakamoto Crispin hand-gathers about 80
percent of her basketry materials. She grows several willow species in
her garden for the twigs, and she harvests leaves from daylily and iris
plants. Weaving materials fill two bedrooms of her Eugene, Oregon, home.
Wild gathered: With the landowners’ permission,
Sakamoto Crispin collects sedge and cattail in the wild. She’s also part
of a regional basketry guild that harvests bark from cedar trees marked
for logging. Otherwise, the bark is removed and discarded when the
trees arrive at the mill.
Nature as muse: Regional knowledge also informs her
work. "During a lecture by a Pacific Northwest Native American woman, I
got the image in my head of making a cedar-bark salmon," Sakamoto
Crispin says. "Cedar and salmon are both integral to her culture." She
donates 10 percent of her salmon-figure profits to a fish-conservation
Passing it on: Sakamoto Crispin regularly teaches
basketry at arts centers. "I like being able to show people how to use
their local resources," she says. "They don’t have to go out and buy
things to make something beautiful."