The act of creating something beautiful from raw materials is almost meditative for Lanny Mackenzie.
The fibre artist will sometimes sit for hours while she works on her art, losing track of time while she crafts baskets and sculptures using intricate weaving techniques.
Mrs Mackenzie's mindfulness will be put to the test next week when she takes part in a competition to weave the best piece possible over 48 hours.
For two days, artists from around the world will be tasked with creating a competition winning piece in Poland.
The professional weavers will sit for up to 7.5 hours a day in order to create their sculptures.
Mrs Mackenzie said except for adhering to strict instructions to break for meals, the competitors will take very few rests outside of those times.
"You have to be the judge of whether your body can continue to weave for that long," she said.
The competition will be held as part of the World Wicker and Weaving Festival.
An international gathering of professional weavers congregating in Nowy Tomysl, a town of 15,000 people in western Poland.
Mrs Mackenzie was invited to compete at the festival after submitting a sculpture of a platypus which is now touring around Poland with the other competitors pieces.
The competitors will each order materials to be sent through to the festival and are permitted to forage for things like branches and vines in Nowy Tomysl' surrounds.
Mrs Mackenzie has ordered six-kilograms of cane to be delivered ahead of her arrival.
She said despite honing their crafts using traditional techniques from around the globe, up close their weaves are quite similar.
She said her preferred style is one which allows her to deviate from her plans, a fluidity not often provided to her in other aspects of life.
"It's a flexibility because there is no pattern," she said.
"Everywhere you go in life there are restrictions, in weaving you just let your creativity run free."
Mrs Mackenzie said she's able to sit still for such a long period when she weaves because her thoughts are quiet.
"It's about mindfulness," she said. "It's your own special time for you to take stock of what you're doing in life."
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