Explore beyond what you imagine a basket to be. Taping into your creativity, in this course you will be exploring traditional basketry techniques with a sculptural perspective.
I love sculptural basketry because it means you can be creative, not just follow the set pattern or the rules of traditional basketry. Once you’ve learnt the fundamentals, you can go wild. Isn’t that exciting!
I will take you step by step through how to weave this stunning sculpture.
If you are like me (which I’m sure you are), you have a collection of interesting sticks you’ve found on your walks or in the garden. In this exciting course, you will be incorporating this found wood using the basketry technique of twining.
You may be wondering:
- What exactly is sculptural basketry? (I’ll tell you all about it)
- Can I do it even if I don’t have any creativity (Yes you can!)
- I don’t know what materials to use (I will tell you exactly what to get)
- I know how to twine, but I’m not sure I can weave a sculpture? (I’ll take you step by step so you can!)
- I don’t have any found wood (Go for a walk and some will jump out at you)
By the end of this course, not only will you have a stunning sculpture, but you will be confident in this basketry style. You’ll learn the bundle start, how to weave verticals, incorporate wood into weaving and how to weave finishes.
This workshop is so much more than just learning techniques, it’s an opportunity to connect to tap into powerful creativity that is ready to surface (even if you think you have no creativity).
For this course you’ve learnt the fundamentals of twining so now you can unleash your creativity and apply it to create stunning baskets and sculptures.
This course is for you if:
- You want to explore beyond what you imagine a basket to be.
- You want to learn how to weave a sculpture using basketry techniques.
- You love found objects such as pieces of wood, and always wanted to create with them.
- You only know one or two ways to weave, but want to learn more.
- You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.
Learning at your own pace, this practical video based course is suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers. You will have completed basketry sculptures and confidence to do more!
Let me tell you all about this exciting course
I loved playing with the materials and am delighted with what I came up with. I’m looking forward to incorporating it into my art practice. Thank you, Catriona, for being such a generous and kind teacher. Gillian
Thanks for the course. I enjoyed it immensely. You were very encouraging, insightful and considerate. Christine
It was lovely to spend time creating a sculpture from nature. Anita
- Adding stakes from the vertical through the wood (7:45)
- Weaving one vertical through another vertical section (3:50)
- Weaving rows after the connection to the vertical (2:56)
- Attaching one stake through the wood (4:38)
- Attaching the end vertical to the wood (4:15)
- Attaching the wood with a single thread (3:27)
Frequently asked questions
What if I don’t have any weaving materials?
In this course I have purposely chosen weaving materials that you can buy locally or online. .
What if I’ve never woven before?
You’ll love the step by step instructions where you can go at your own pace. It’s all video so you can see what I’m doing while I’m explaining it, so that makes it very visual and easy to follow. However, if you want to build your confidence with twining first, start with my course 'Gorgeous twined patterned baskets for every level'.
What if I’m not creative?
I think that everyone is creative, but we need to put ourselves in environments where we explore that creativity. I’ll walk you through the techniques step by step and give you the space to get creative. Anyone can take this course and end up with stunning baskets.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase please contact me.
Why is it in US dollars?
I wanted to include PayPal as a payment option because I use it the most myself when buying online, but this platform forces US currency if I want to include this PayPal option. It gets automatically converted to your chosen currency for payment.
Basketry twining with patterns for every level
Learn how to weave stunning baskets with patterns even if you have never woven before by following my easy to understand step by step instructions
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