Approach to Basketry

Basketry works usually begin with experimental research about raw plant materials. I work with local vines, rushes and sedges and other common garden materials. I collect twine made from jute, hemp, sisal and linen to use in my coloured works. String-making, first taught to me by artist and master basket weaver Jim Walliss, is the foundation. A range of techniques are used. 

Exhibitions

Solo

2018    Arabesque Solo exhibition, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

2018    Cross-X-pollination Exhibition COPACC, invited exhibiting textile artist and artist talk

 

Group

2021    Interwoven 5, Group exhibition Belconnen Arts Centre Canberra Australia
2020   Finalist, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Sydney Living Museums, Meroogal House Nowra Australia

2017    Finalist, Shoalhaven NOW, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery

2013    Group exhibition Bound with Lissa de Sailles and Jim Walliss, Squid Studio Nowra

 

Basketry Teaching

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.

The galleries below showcase work created since 2011.

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Rondel II
Rondel II

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

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

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

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Eco-dyed fringe Basket
Eco-dyed fringe Basket
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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.

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Bark heart
Bark heart

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

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Bark Fringe
Bark Fringe

Brush Kurrajong and waxed linen thread, Collection of artist

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Green Disc
Green Disc

Wall piece

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Fringe Dweller
Fringe Dweller

Wall piece

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Dorothy Bowl
Dorothy Bowl
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Lapped
Lapped

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

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

Base of small coiled oval basket local sedge

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Blue Rim #2
Blue Rim #2

Coiled oval basket, watsonia and blue raffia

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Blue Heaven
Blue Heaven

Coiled bowl made from crochet linen cordage

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7 Loop
7 Loop

Coiled basket with rim detail, made from Eleocharis rush

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Sunrays
Sunrays

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

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Rimpool
Rimpool

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

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Bark Strip Bowl
Bark Strip Bowl

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

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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.

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Oval-Bowl
Oval-Bowl

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

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Net-Bowl
Net-Bowl

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

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Panier
Panier

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

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Rimpool
Rimpool

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

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Lemony
Lemony

Hand dyed Jute coiled basket with rim detail

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Bomadery Sedge
Bomadery Sedge

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

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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

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Coral Duo
Coral Duo

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

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Bluegreen Wave
Bluegreen Wave

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

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Brush
Brush

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

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Bright Red
Bright Red

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

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Blue Loop
Blue Loop

Pale Indigo dyed linen bowl, coiled with loop details

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Big Red Gold
Big Red Gold

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

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Orangecoil
Orangecoil

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

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Magenta Tricor
Magenta Tricor

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

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Terra
Terra

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

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Blue Crown
Blue Crown

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

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Twister
Twister

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

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Waratah 4
Waratah 4

Coiled basket of Nutscene red cordage with Waratah sepal details

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Lavender Blue
Lavender Blue

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

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Indigo Pair
Indigo Pair

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

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