basketry studio

Basketry

In this studio, I construct sculptural nest-like pieces using mainly a random weave technique and incorporating materials gathered from nature or beautiful things discarded by others. I am particularly drawn to the colours and textures of bark, moss, lichen, feathers, shells and stones and the patina of rust and decaying tin and wire.  Before you look at any past and recent work, the photos below are of the space I work in and perhaps you’ll get a feel for the origins of the baskets. I weave sitting on the stools pictured, in front of the fire.

We live on a farm on the Eastern side of a small rural village called Robertson and the old falling-down dairy on the property  is currently my basketry studio. It was full of years of farm detritus but with some white paint, a green door and a new roof thanks to my beloved, it now keeps almost all of the wild weather out.

the green door

The windows from the dairy look out over very green hills to the rainforest-clad escarpment falling away to the Pacific Ocean. When I shut one eye and measure with my fingers I have about an inch of blue sea in the window from the dairy. I have always collected beautiful natural ephemera from gardens, beaches, roadsides, paddocks and other people’s rubbish.

dad's cattle brand and gramps' leather bound hipflask, framed weavings from rajisthan, tibetan butter bowl, lyre-bird feathers in old engin oil-tin on a recycled vegetable rack; everything collected found or handed down.

shells, bones, butterflies, stones, bottles, ceramics, fishing bag, binoculars

the old shelves are labelled 'nuts and bolts' 'diesel' 'tractor parts' etc

All baskets available for sale are shown on the page labelled RECENT WORK.

8 thoughts on “basketry studio

  1. Count me as an ardent admirer..Why couldn’t I have found you when I lived in Katoomba..You would have turned my world around!!

  2. How lovely Hat,
    What an earth mother you have blossomed into. Good for you. Love your work…WANT ONE!!!
    Would love you to do one for me all things that sum up Ozzie country side so I can take it back to Pommy land!
    xx

  3. Well Done Hattie, your work is fantastic….such a clever girl. I love the one you have on FB pic 7 of 8….gorgeous.
    xox

  4. lovely blog, Henry passed on, hope you don’t mind. Love a bit of inspiration. v. jealous of your studio..my own is a work in progress..another blog entry please! bonnie g

    1. Thank Bonnie – aawww my first comment! I’m not sure I’ll be a regular blogger but I just need somewhere to put my baskets online so people out there can see them. Anyway have added a new post.. just for you my one reader : )

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