Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weaving Magic, Naturally Workshops

Introduction to Basketry Techniques
The weekend was a typical hill winters days. On Saturday the rain hung around most of the time but it did not deter the 6 enthusiast participants from Adelaide, the hills and Perth. They where well prepared for a full 2 day program of discovering the joys of basketmaking.
The Weaving Magic, Naturally introduction to basketry techniques started day 1 with the basics of rings, using a range of garden materials
. The rings then were manipulated into the ever useful tension trays.
Swapping materials to chasmanthe, the technique of making string had the conservation going like ‘it’s amazing’ ‘everyone should how to make string’ and ‘I’m addicted to making string’
After a warming lunch the next challenge was a garlic basket using dracaena Draco and iris. These all evolved into creative and wonderful baskets and by the end of the day were mostly completed.

Day 2 saw the sun come out. The day started with knotless netting, followed by a garden walk to check out the plants, how materials are dried, stored and rewet as well some garden basketry.

Back to work to create something using random weave, fortunately it was advantageous to work outside as the works got bigger. The newly learned skills flowed into these works as well.

 After another warming lunch it was time to build a fence in the garden using hazel and grapevine. Lots of chatter and more enthusiasm with new ideas for businesses building garden fences and sharing of materials.
 Before the day drew to a close there was time to reflect and finish off projects and many ideas for new projects.

The participants and I enjoyed the weekend. It’s always great to share your skills and very rewarding to see the excitement and enthusiasm when someone masters a new skill. I look forward to next weekend teaching rib baskets.

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial

From February 21 til May 1st. The Cedars Hahndorf

'It all starts with a seed, with it's memory of the past and it's potential for the future'.
 Seeds are the archetypal beginning. Seeds come in a vast array of forms each containing what is needed for the next generation, adapted to place and climate. Life as we know it depends on diversity in all forms to ensure all the elements of life can prosper.

A tray containing a group of archetypal ‘seed’ forms. The forms represent the wide variety of seeds and therefore life.  

 This sculpture is also an exploration of the many techniques that make up contemporary basketmaking using plants mainly from my garden.

Installing the basket of seeds at the Cedars.
Willow tension tray of seeds
130 x 90 x45 cm
Seed with thorns
A 6 god’s eye shape rib basket with knottless netting inserts.
Frame: willow: God’s eyes:2ply chasmanthe iris, weavers: Iris,
Knotlesss netting burrs: copper wire.
40 x40 x 40cm 
Flat seed
Stake and Strand. Stakes:willow Strand/weavers: Abyssinian banana fibre.
20 x 2cm
Seed 1
Modified rib basket
Frame &ribs: willow 
Weavers: iris
62 x 21 x 9 cm
Seed 3
 Modified stake and strand
Stakes: willow & dogwood
Weavers: iris, philodendron leaf bracts
58 x 14 x 27 cm
Seed 5
 modified rib basket
Frame & stakes: willow
Weavers: Tall spike rush.
7 x 44 x 9 cm
Seed 2
 Random weave
Wisteria & palm inflorescences
22 x 22 x 22 cm
Seed 6
 modified rib basket
Frame: dogwood
Stakes: hazel
Weavers: iris, 2ply string, willow bark, iris orientalis, aristra.
30 x 30 x 80 cm
My Sculpture was joint winners of the Hahndorf Academy 2017 Fringe Exhibition Opportunity long with Tim Thomson and David Kerr.