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Article: Hi! I'm so glad you're here.

Hi! I'm so glad you're here.

Parker River Proper was born out of my love for weaving, art, history, and everything coastal New England. I grew up in NJ, went to school in upstate NY then moved to Boston to work in an auction house. From there, I moved to Chicago, Santa Monica and back to Boston to support my husband's career in tech. We've now settled near the Parker River with our three kiddos and two springer spaniel pups (Parker and Calibogue aka "Bogey"). I love where we live. The rolling farms remind me of rural NJ, the marshes transport me to the South Carolina Low Country, where my family now calls home, and downtown Newburyport offers all the shopping, dining and culture you could want.

About Nantucket Lightship Baskets

Nantucket Baskets are named for their origins on the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. They share a similar form to early farm baskets out of New Hampshire and are undoubtedly related to the earlier baskets woven by Native Americans. They were likely first woven for more utilitarian purposes. Nantucket Baskets predate Lightships - the floating vessels sent out to mark the shoals around the island to guide ships into harbor. As baskets gained popularity as fashionable commodities back on main land, and Nantucket transitioned from a whaling hub to more of a tourist destination, workers upon Lightships saw an opportunity to pass the time while creating baskets that could be sold commercially, often as souvenirs for tourists back on island.   

For me, lightship baskets serve as beautiful reminders not just of our trips to Nantucket over the years,  but the joy of summer everywhere - slow, hot days, sharp grass and soft sand underfoot, jumping into the pool, getting tossed around in the waves, the smell of sunscreen, the gentle support of the sand during an afternoon rest and the golden warm quiet around dinnertime after everyone has packed up for the day. Going to get ice cream with sandy feet. A warm freshwater bath before falling asleep kissed by the sun, with the feeling we might still be bobbing on the water.

Parker River Proper offers modern variations on traditional Nantucket Lightship Baskets. Our baskets are handmade using traditional materials and techniques with the intention of bringing more beauty and authenticity into our everyday lives. Beverage koozies, jewelry, headbands, keychains, and more.

Thanks for checking out my work. If you don't see what you're looking for please drop me a line. I love working on larger pieces and would be happy to help pick out the perfect piece for you. 

Katie

 

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Do you ever offer classes?

Maria Freitas

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