Approach to Basketry

Basketry works usually begin with the raw plant material, testing it to discover whether it can be used for either green or dry. I enjoy working with reeds, vines, rushes and sedges found near my home. I have also used other common garden materials, garden gifts from friends and family and naturalised plants found plentifully on the edges of the highway. I collect twine made from jute, hemp, sisal and linen to use in my coloured baskets.

 

I enjoy string-making, first taught to me by artist and master basket weaver Jim Walliss. I mostly use blanket stitch to create an open, coiling stitch to create a tight structure, allowing the natural beauty and texture of the plant to reveal itself. Each form is individual, varied by shape, size and combinations of materials and edge techniques.

Basketry teaching

My teaching includes:

2016- Tutoring the Winter Basketry School at Sturt Craft School, Mittagong

2020- Tutoring the Summer Basketry School at Sturt Craft School, Mittagong

2018-2020- Workshops for International Womens' day in the Shoalhaven.

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