About Catriona Pollard – Sculptural Fibre Artist

It takes a talented artist to see the true beauty in inanimate objects and visualise how she would use these in a creative form. Her work binds immense femininity, sensitivity and strength. With every piece there is a story to be told. Catriona depicts friends, family and places. What really amazes me is her great sensitivity with the use of materials and the effortless combination of them. Producing often tightness in contrast with fluid form. Jason Woodland, Fanuli

My unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into evocative works that celebrate the abundance of nature.

I use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature. My work is emotionally authentic, uniquely contemporary, and organically textural.

My work highlights the link between raw foraged organic materials, like vines and seed pods, with earthy materials like base metals including copper, and natural elements like charcoal, clay and ash. Most contains nothing but the organic material – no glue or synthetic dyes, and most don’t even use anything to bind it together, such as thread or wire.

Through my sculptures, I use nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Transforming discarded organic material into sculptures forces people to view the natural world around them in a different way.

It adds a layer of wonder and contemplative engagement, and can also lead to a reflection on our inner landscape and the question of what would happen if we saw aspects of our lives in different ways.

The forms I weave tell stories relating to friends, family and experiences. They are about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. For me, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.

Growing up in the country, with summers at the beach and every other school holidays camping and walking through National Parks has resulted in a deep connection with the natural world around me.

As I walk through the bush tracks inspiration presents itself. I see a fallen tree with the roots exposed and an idea for a sculpture is illuminated. Or as I wade through the rock pools, the shape of the water against the rocks becomes an idea for a story to be told through sculptural form.

“Weaving using organic material is about listening to what it wants to be. I may have an idea about what I’m going to create. And then I’ll pick up the material and start the sculpture and the material decides what it wants to become.”

My work adds a contemporary layer to the ancient art form of weaving, which is often dismissed as functional craft. My work gives the viewer the opportunity review their assumptions about craft and its potential in art. When they see my work, it forces them to see beyond their concept of basketry.

In addition to my sculptural work, I also spend time creating ephemeral pieces as I have an interest in the concept of impermanence within nature and the juxtaposition of society’s current disconnection with it. I use ephemeral artworks to explore these concepts. The process of spending a day (or an hour) in nature creating art that is simply left there to disintegrate is an integral aspect of this exploration.

Predominately self-taught, I have done weaving sessions with Judy Dominic (USA), Mary Hettmansperger (US), Tim Johnson (UK), Robyn Djunginy (NAIDOC National Artist of the Year), Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.

My first solo exhibition in 2015 “Love Honour Cherish” was described as emotionally-authentic, uniquely contemporary, raw and visually stunning.

I’ve been shortlisted as Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW (2014, 2015), finalist Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize (2017, 2018), Northern Beaches Art Prize (2017), North Sydney Art Prize (2013-2015), Warringah Art Prize (2016), and Mosman Art Gallery 2088 (2011-2018).

I enjoy teaching creativity and weaving, and run sold-out workshops at Sturt Craft Design Centre, North Sydney Centre, Creative Space and Sydney Craft Week.

My work is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections including Sydney Road Gallery, Australian Design Centre, Sturt Craft and Design Centre, and Fanuli Furniture.

Read about my exploration of creativity, nature and the beauty of life on my blog CatrionaPollard.com


Falling Into Longing
Fifth solo exhibition ‘Falling Into Longing’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of longing and how we move towards our desires and the impact that has on our lives.

When: 20 June to 14 July 2019
Meet The Artist: Saturday 22 June 2019 1 – 4pm
Times: Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Sydney Road Gallery, 563 Sydney Road Seaforth NSW 2092



Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Exhalation of the Trees – Mosman Gallery – 22 September – 2 December 2018

2018 – Surfacing – Sydney Road Gallery – 27 September – 21 October 2018

2018 – I am of You – Sturt Craft and Design Centre – 15 April- 3 June 2018

2017 – 11:11 – The Synchronicity of Now  26 October – 12 November 2017  Sydney Road Gallery

2015 – Love. Honour. Cherish – Lane Cove Gallery

Duo Exhibitions:

2017 – “Fluidity”, Warringah Creative Space

2012 – “Common Threads”, Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Selected Exhibitions:


  • The Other Art Fair, Sydney,  14-17 March 2019
  • Mosman Art Gallery, 2088


  • Artisans In The GardensRoyal Botanical Gardens Sydney
  • Fire, Four Elements, Creative Space
  • We Are One, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Studio Stories, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Love Is, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Opening, Art Gallery On Ocean
  • The Red Project, outdoor installation, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability


  • Winter, Sturt Contemporary Craft and Design
  • Wish List, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Evolve, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Distill, Sydney Road Galley
  • Home, Sydney Road Gallery
  • Air, Creative Space
  • Intersection, Basketry NSW


  • Earth, Four Elements, Warringah
  • Fibre Stories, Basketry NSW
  • Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee


  • The Gathering, Basketry NSW
  • Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival
  • Mosman 2088


  • From Small Things, Basketry NSW
  • Glenaeon Art Show
  • Women on Boards Art Prize exhibition
  • Mosman 2088


  • Primrose Park Art & Craft Annual exhibition
  • Glenaeon Art Show
  • “What’s a Basket?” exhibition, Basketry NSW
  • In Situ: Mosman Festival of Sculpture & Installation
  • Mosman 2088 exhibition


  • Mosman 2088 exhibition
  • In Situ: Mosman Festival of Sculpture & Installation
  • Breathing Colours art gallery’s Tiered exhibition.



  • Finalist, Northern Beaches Art Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088
  • Finalist, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize


  • Finalist, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize
  • Finalist, Northern Beaches Art Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088


  • Finalist, Warringah Art Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088


  • Finalist, Emerging Artist of the Year 2015, Craft NSW
  • Finalist, North Sydney Art Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088


  • Finalist, Emerging Artist of the Year 2014, Craft NSW
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088


  • Finalist, North Sydney Art Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman 2088

Selected Workshops 

  • 2018 – Sturt Gallery, The Table, The School, North Sydney Community Centre, WildFest.
  • 2017 – Sturt Winter School – Interwoven creativity – weaving natural forms
  • – Sculptural Random Weaving – Warringah Creative Space
  • – Sculptural Random Weaving – Craft Week Sydney/Mosman Festival
  • 2016 – Random Weave with a Mould – Corporate
  • 2012 – Random Weaving – Chrissie Cotter Gallery
  • (All workshops listed here)


Follow me on Instagram: CatrionaPollard.

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