Basket - Sheila Ziman

DysART Trail

Basket - Sheila Ziman

Haliburton, Ontario K0M, Canada

Created By: Tammy Rea



Tamarack roots, horsetail, white birch bark, willow & dogwood

H-8” x W-9.75” x D-8.5” $85

Sheila Ziman’s work reflects her environment from which she draws inspiration and collects materials from the surrounding woods, fields, and waters. She is interested in experimenting with materials gathered from nature to produce baskets or sculptural pieces using a variety of basketry techniques. She also produces unique quillwork designs on birch bark. If you see a woman on the side of the road pulling quills from a dead porcupine, it’s probably Sheila. She has led a variety of basketry workshops and teaches basketry at the Haliburton School of Art + Design.

About the Work

The textures and environment of the Haliburton Highlands are woven into this basket. The materials recently collected from nature for this piece are the same as those that could have been found in 1867 when Dysart was first incorporated. The materials were gathered from a variety of habitats, still healthy and diverse: Tamarack roots from wetlands, horsetail from along the old rail line, white birch bark from the forest and willow and dogwood from damp fields. This basket is a celebration of the rich biodiversity of Dysart and the entire county.

Sheila Ziman's Basket can be viewed at the Rails End Gallery and Art Centre. For more information about the Rails End see

This point of interest is part of the tour: DysART Trail


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