My time at the Mojave Preserve was definitely remote - access to a computer was limited, and I did not have cell reception . My documentation became limited to photos, journal entries, and sketching. The land itself is monumental, and I couldn't have envisioned a more stimulating home base for the incubation of my project. The woven image included in this post is of the first basket I started there - a burden basket in the traditional conical form. Chosen materials are old nylon rope and yarn from a thrift shop sweater (both unravelled). This basket would not been two-toned in a Chemehuevi collection; the material used for a utilitarian basket such as this is willow with no black decoration. More presentational basket shapes did have the black ornamentation created with split devil's claw pods, and the beautiful contrast was inspiring, so I decided to play around with it in this first attempt. The attached drawing is an unsplit devil's claw pod.