Catriona Pollard - basketry artist and teacher
As a practicing basketry artist and teacher, my unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature.
I use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature.
My art is about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.
I’ve had several solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. I've been finalist in many art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.
While predominately self-taught, I've had valuable learning experiences with many wonderful weavers including Jillian Culey, Judy Dominic, Mary Hettmansperger, Tim Johnson, Robyn Djunginy, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.
I teach sold out workshops in my studio in Sydney, week long residentials at art schools and also internationally.
My artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Read more about me and my work at www.theartofweaving.com.au