Your workshop was the best I have ever attended or likely to. It was so complete with our written work, discussions, meditations, ephemeral art, as well as all the great techniques and the total class commitment and enthusiasm. Rachel
- Sit by Sydney Harbour, eat gourmet food, drink fabulous wine and learn the ancient art of basketry with celebrated fibre artist Catriona Pollard. How relaxing does that sound! In this unique workshop you will tap into your creativity and learn the technique of twining using beautiful sea grass cord. Included in this event is a gourmet lunch with wine and all the materials you will need to learn how to create a work of art using your hands and imagination.
1 September 2018, 10am-4pm
“Spend a glorious day making a sculptural piece from foraged materials with Catriona Pollard. In a world of digital and tech overload, the winding, the twining, the bending and the tenderness of working alongside nature is a treat in itself. Having fibre artist Catriona Pollard guide you and inspire you makes for a dream day. We consider this creative therapy and we know your hands, your hearts and your walls will be all be richer for this day. In this sculptural basketry class, you will learn the ancient basketry technique of twining using various plant and cord materials. This class is all about exploration and play, not perfection. You will learn how to connect with nature, your stories and your creativity. You will leave with your very own twined sculptural basket.”
13 October 2018, 1-5pm
In this half-day workshop you will learn the ancient basketry technique of Random Weaving which has been used since the beginning of humanity. You will have the opportunity to transform ordinary natural found objects into something extraordinary. Using the natural fibre of Bangalow Palm inflorescence (seedpods) you will weave a sculptural form. By the end of the experience, you will have a sculptural basket and a deeper understanding of the wonderful art of weaving and your own creativity.
Explore your creativity: weaving sculptures – North Sydney Community Centre
11 November 10 -4pm
This 1 day workshop is all about exploration and play – not perfection. Learning traditional basketry techniques you will use organic material such as vines, seed pods and branches to weave sculptural forms. Starting with standing in nature we will explore ephemeral art techniques and you will learn how to connect with nature, your stories and your creativity.
Two workshops: 10.00am – 4.00pm Sat 29 Sept and 10.00am – 4.00pm Sun 7 Oct
Today, we live in a fast-paced world of technology designed to constantly grab our attention that keeps us constantly switched on. Coupled with relentless deadlines and the pressure of modern day living can all lead to mental fatigue, overwhelm, and burnout. Spend a day with celebrated nature-based artist, Catriona Pollard where you will have the opportunity to slow down, quieten your mind and reconnect with your imagination.
In this one-day workshop you will find renewed inspiration through a series of creative exercises and nature-based experiences including ephemeral art. You will learn ancient basketry techniques which have been used since the beginning of humanity. You will have the opportunity to transform ordinary natural found objects into something extraordinary.
Spend 5 days with me exploring nature, weaving and creativity at the Sturt Summer School at Mittagong, 3-8 January 2019 . Through the lens of nature, explore traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective. Through a series of creative exercises that will connect you with the natural world, you will uncover the secret life in natural materials. This workshop is all about exploration and play not perfection.
To book: http://www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/
CREATIVITY and INNOVATION WORKSHOPS FOR ORGANISATIONS
These workshops are from 2 hours to a day (even a week) and are used in team building, experiential experiences for organisations and to assist teams/organisations to develop new concepts and ideas by accessing creativity and new ideas. Extremely powerful and transformational. Forget brainstorming, try creating a sculpture out of sticks and leaves.
PLAY and WEAVING WORKSHOPS FOR GROUPS and ORGANISATIONS
Slow down and gift yourself the time to find the secret life in natural objects. We are surrounded by the beauty of nature, but so often we are too busy or digitally connected to slow down and reconnect with it. Catriona’s workshops are all about exploration and play, and unlocking your creativity.
Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques and learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination. By the end of the experience, you will have a sculptural form and a deeper understanding of the wonderful art of weaving, and your creativity.
Suitable for Adult and weaving beginner.
Get in touch if you would like to tailor a workshop with your work/friends/community/art group etc. Go to Contact us to chat about it.
The workshop was lovely, 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
Thank you for your fantastic workshop on Sunday. I have been fortunate enough to find myself collecting and connecting to nature yesterday and this morning. May it stay that way. I love looking at my little sculptural ‘basket’ – it’s colours are changing and it’s just magical – it makes me happy. I feel more centred. Such a gift – thank you again. Kim
Thanks for the workshop. I enjoyed it immensely. You were very encouraging, insightful and considerate. Christine
Led by the dynamic and richly talented Catriona, we mastered new techniques and learned so so so much more about the creative process.
It is not always that the practitioner can teach, but despite her own high level of skill, Catriona knew that we needed to learn the elements of the craft before letting loose our imaginations; understood, also, how difficult twining and cording, weaving and binding is for newbies.
Patiently she demonstrated and repeated (again and again!) until our hesitant fingers danced to newly mastered rhythms. Her rich imagination and her technical skills together with a profound understanding of the inspiration to be found in natural plant materials enabled us to twine our souls into an exhilarating world of creativity.
Thank you, thank you Catriona. And basketsfulls of love and thanks to Sturt; also to the wonderful women with whom I shared my indulgent week.
Remember……Just start. Sarah
Previous public workshops
Sturt Craft and Design Centre – waitlist only
26-27 May 2018
Sturt Craft and Design Centre, Mittagong
Limited to 10 people
Experience and explore play, innovation, creativity and sculptural basketry techniques. Learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination.
Art in Nature: exploring your creativity – booked out
2-4 April, 2018
Waverley, South Taranaki, NZ
Limited to 10 people
This workshop is all about exploration and play – not perfection. Learning traditional basketry techniques you will use organic material such as vines, seed pods and branches to weave sculptural forms. Starting with standing in nature we will explore ephemeral art techniques and you will learn how to connect with nature, your stories and your creativity.
Free 1 hour workshop, 11 November 2017,North Sydney Community Centre, 1:30 – 2:30 or 2:30-3:30 Info: https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/
Sculptural Random Weave using Bangalow Palm inflorescence – Booked out Mosman Village Yoga, Sunday, 15 October 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Held in conjunction with Mosman Festival. Book: http://bit.ly/randomweave15
Fluidity – Booked Out Morning and afternoon Sun. 21 May 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 2pm-5pm, Warringah Creative Space 105 Abbott Rd North Curl Curl, NSW Experience and explore the sculptural basketry technique of random weaving in conjunction with my Fluidity Exhibition Book morning: http://bit.ly/randomweave21 Book afternoon: http://bit.ly/randomweave21a
Spend 5 days with me exploring nature, weaving and creativity at the Sturt Winter School at Mittagong, 3-7 July 2017
We all have new growth ready to emerge, and this basketry workshop will help you reconnect with your imagination, nature and give you new insights and perspectives.
Suitable for all levels.