Brush Kurrajong

July 27, 2015

 

Brush Kurrajong is a fascinating plant. It grows in a range of situations and is a great coloniser after vegetation clearing, assisting bush regeneration plantings. Its use as a traditional fibre by Indigenous Australians is well-documented. To create this small basket, the inner bark of the shrub is stripped from the stem and branches of the plant whilst still green. The bark was separated into thin strands and twined into a fine cordage. This cordage was then coiled using waxed linen thread into a simple form, in which the fibre is the hero. I have also used Brush Kurrajong sticks in sculptural work using twining techniques and have created a moulded bowl from the boiled and pounded bark.

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