In Situ 2013: Mosman Festival of Sculpture & Installation

My work, It Takes Two, has been selected for In Situ 2013.

Situ 2013 is a collaborative sculpture exhibition between Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman businesses and participating artists. It comes under the umbrella of the Festival of Mosman and is a key event in its calendar.

‘It Takes Two’ represents the connection and relationship we have with each other and the world around us. Both pieces are the same, yet different. Like all of us. We are surrounded by unique beauty– which often we don’t notice. Maybe it’s time we did.

Made from collected Palm inflorescences, Gymea lily, rattan hand dyed using bark from gum trees.

It Takes Two will be featured in the shop front of Husk from Saturday 5 October – Sunday 20 October 2013.

Forest Basket featured in Art Almanac

So excited to see my basket "Forest Basket" featured in Art Almanac!


What's a basket? exhibition

Basketry NSW Annual Exhibition has an exhibition on for two days only: Sunday 4th and Friday 9th August 2013; 10 am till 4 pm. Cremorne Sydney

Basketry NSW is showcasing members work in an exhibition of contemporary basketry and fibre sculpture, titled “What’s a basket”. Two of my sculptures will be featured including Forest Dreaming and Skipping Stones.

The exhibition is designed to change people’s perception of what a basket is. In conjunction, workshops and an open day will give people the opportunity to experience this wonderful art.

What's a basket? Once upon a time it was a container with a practical purpose, usually made from plant materials. Recently, basketry has undergone a radical reinvention.

Now all kinds of aesthetic pieces are made using ancient basketry techniques such as coiling, weaving, twining, netting and knotting - but with non-traditional materials, perhaps retaining only a vestige of "containerness", and not necessarily performing the function of holding physical objects within.

At the same time, contemporary basket makers continue to celebrate traditional forms and plant materials. This exhibition by members of Basketry NSW Inc. showcases a range of work that will expand your view of what a basket is.

Venue: The Mezzanine Gallery, Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre, Matora Lane (off Young St), Cremorne, NSW

More information on the Basketry NSW Facebook page.

'Undergrowth' selected for North Sydney Art Prize

nth sydney artMy sculpture 'Undergrowth' has been selected for the North Sydney Art Prize exhibition.

A total of 130 artists were selected from a staggering 447 entries by the distinguished Selection Panel. The artists range from locals to regional and national artists. Many of them have an impressive exhibition history and have been finalists in major national and international events.

The exhibition is open 10am - 5pm, 27 July - 5 August 2013
Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

Hutley Hall, Council Chambers, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney

More information click here.

Skipping Stones featured in Mosman Daily

Skipping Stones featured in Mosman Daily for the exhibition "What's a basket?"mosman

Artisan Markets at the Coal Loader

The first Artisan Markets at the Coal Loader in Waverton was so incredible today. We had standing room only in our basketry section for most of the day. It was wonderful to see so much interest in our art.

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Baskets are full of stories

The baskets are not empty. They are full of makers, their stories, their thoughts while making. The baskets are never empty. All of the thoughts jump out of the baskets onto all of us.

Verna Nichols

Playing with pandanus

I recently went on a yoga retreat in Fiji at Daku Resort and the owner very kindly organised for me to visit a village to sit with the women and weave a traditional Fijian mat.

The material was pandanus (known as voivoi in Fiji) leaves which are so strong - strong enough to walk on for years - so the collection and preparation of the material is extensive. They are boiled, dried in the sun, smoothed out by hand (using a file - pictured), split into strips.

The weaving was quite complicated, but once you got into the rhythm, it became easier. It was such a wonderful experience.

A more detail description of this is on the Daku Resort blog.

Random weave workshop

As part of my exhibition I held a random weave workshop. Way too much fun!