Derek Downing began designing and crafting his unique baskets in 1986. His designs are based on the traditional egg-basket form and are woven of grapevine, hand-dyed rattan, and sea grass, a material less commonly used for woven baskets. The handles of his baskets are also crafted from grapevine.
Though based on traditional materials and a traditional form, Derek’s baskets are distinctive, many featuring vividly colored accents, created using dyes Derek mixes specially for his projects. Visitors at the Center can enjoy watching Derek create his baskets, and also view finished baskets regularly carried at the Center.
Derek’s baskets can also be found at Artique in Lexington and at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, KY.