Walking on the beach in Deer Isle, Maine, artist and Pacific University alum Emily Miller had an idea.

She had taken a two-week basket stitching course in the small lobster-fishing town where her grandparents live, and she was making baskets "here and there" using cotton sash cord, she said. But every night when she returned to her grandparents' house, she would see "ghost nets" — fishing nets lost at sea that had washed ashore.