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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Rondel II
Rondel II

Wall piece made from Wmbat Berry Vine, Brush Kurrajong bark, 38cm diameter, 2020

Sister's Garden #1
Sister's Garden #1

Coiled sculptural form made from freesias, ixias with Wombat Berry Vine 2018-2020

Eco-dyed fringe Basket
Eco-dyed fringe Basket
Wombat Vine and String
Wombat Vine and String

Wombat Berry Vine, and cordage made from Settler's Flax and Gymea Lily. Wall piece. 2017 40 cm diameter.

Bark heart
Bark heart

This piece is a commissioned work, made from Brush Kurrajong bark and Watsonia for Belinda of @iamalchemy c2016

Bark Fringe
Bark Fringe

Brush Kurrajong and waxed linen thread, Collection of artist

Green Disc
Green Disc

Wall piece

Fringe Dweller
Fringe Dweller

Wall piece

Dorothy Bowl
Dorothy Bowl
Lapped
Lapped

Coiled bowl from Watsonia, Settler’s Flax, Brush Kurrajong handmade cordage; hand stitched with waxed linen thread; lapped details.

Rococo #2
Rococo #2
Bomaderry #2
Bomaderry #2

Base of small coiled oval basket local sedge

Blue Rim #2
Blue Rim #2

Coiled oval basket, watsonia and blue raffia

Blue Heaven
Blue Heaven

Coiled bowl made from crochet linen cordage

7 Loop
7 Loop

Coiled basket with rim detail, made from Eleocharis rush

Sunrays
Sunrays

Twined and plaited form made from Brush Kurrajong bark. July 2015. Collection of artist

Rimpool
Rimpool

Coiled bowl from mixed origen handmade cordage with rim detail. December 2015

Bark Strip Bowl
Bark Strip Bowl

Coiled bowl from inner and outer Brush Kurrajong bark, with coiled string base. July 2015.

Waratah-Pentastar
Waratah-Pentastar

Coiled bowl from linen cordage dyed with Brush Kurrajong bark. Waratah sepals, with nutscene red coiled outer. December 2015. Collection of the artist.

Oval-Bowl
Oval-Bowl

Small Oval Bowl Coiled bowl from inner Brush Kurrajong bark. August 2015. Gifted to Jennifer Thompson, Xmas 2015

Net-Bowl
Net-Bowl

Netted bowl from hand made string made from Brush Kurrajong bark. July 2015. Collection of artist.

Panier
Panier

Plaited mini panie made from Brush Kurrajong bark and wood. August 2015. Collection of artist.

Rimpool
Rimpool

Coiled bowl from mixed origen handmade cordage with rim detail. December 2015 Collection of artist

Lemony
Lemony

Hand dyed Jute coiled basket with rim detail

Bomadery Sedge
Bomadery Sedge

Coiled bowl from Bomaderry Sedge Gift for Jackie Abrahms, April 2015

Sandcastle.jpg
Sandcastle.jpg

Coiled bowl from hand double-dyed linen cordage in wave form. 12 Hours, $70 For Sale at Nortje by Geraldine September 2015

Coral Duo
Coral Duo

Coiled bowl duo from hand double-dyed linen cordage and Shon twine if iwave and tricorn forms. September 2015

Bluegreen Wave
Bluegreen Wave

Coiled bowl from hand double-dyed linen cordage in wave form. September 2015

Brush
Brush

Small coiled bowl made from hand made cordage from the inner bark of Brush Kurrajong - Commersonia Fraseri

Bright Red
Bright Red

Coiled, hand dyed linen basket, circle loop detail on base

Blue Loop
Blue Loop

Pale Indigo dyed linen bowl, coiled with loop details

Big Red Gold
Big Red Gold

Coiled large basket made from jute and handmade day lily cordage with Cocos Palm efflorescence. Collection of artist

Orangecoil
Orangecoil

Large coiled basket hand stitched with waxed linen thread and made from linen and coconut fibre twines, with palm efflorescence. January 2015

Magenta Tricor
Magenta Tricor

Coiled soft bowl made from handmade cordage from hemp and cotton twine. reedsandvinesTricorn structure.

Terra
Terra

Coiled bowl, hand stitched from philodendron string, Norfolk Pine branchlets and Snow Wood seed pods.

Blue Crown
Blue Crown

Handmade cordage from cordyline leaves, coiled and handstitched with jute twines and cocos palm efflorescence. February 2014

Twister
Twister

Handmade cordage from lavender stems and red hot poker leaves. Small Coiled bowl. February 2014

Waratah 4
Waratah 4

Coiled basket of Nutscene red cordage with Waratah sepal details

Lavender Blue
Lavender Blue

Coiled basket from fresh lavender from my mother's garden.

Indigo Pair
Indigo Pair

Indigo Dyed, commercial linen twine. Collection of Josie from Il Locale

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