The Volume of Hope Body of Work Video

This video is a wonderful capture of my Residency at the Northern Beaches.

 

Filmed by Northern Beaches Council and Kayapa.


Sydney Living Museums - Artisans Encounters

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sydney Living Museums in their Artisans Encounters project which was about celebrating contemporary artisans working across craft, food and trades and who embrace traditional crafts presenting them in innovative and exciting ways.

Focusing on goods produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost, Artisan Encounters encourages discussion and conversation around old and new, past and present, place and provenance.

 


Rekindling Your Creative Spirit Talk

 

I had a wonderful conversation with Anna Kellerman from Mama Creatives about my journey to finding my art form and my approach to having a dedicated and purposeful creative life.

Watch it by clicking on the image or click here.

 


Good Weekend - beautiful article on my basketry

This is such a beautifully written article by Stephanie Wood in the Good Weekend - the magazine published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Brisbane Times. She attended one of my workshops and shared her experience as well as writing about basketry as an contemporary art practice.

Click to read it here. 

 


Weaving Retreat – 4 Days of Weaving, Sydney, 9-12 September 2021

 

This is the first time I’ve held this 4 day weaving retreat in Sydney! Don’t miss it.

Join me at the beautiful Eramboo Artist Environment, Northern Beaches of Sydney. Set on 6 acres of bushland adjacent to Ku-ring-gai National Park.

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2021 10am - 4pm daily. This is a non residential retreat.

Limited to only 12 spots -  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

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"I was lucky enough to attend Catriona’s 4 day workshop at the Pilot Station in Camden Head.  It was truly a blessing to have four full days of creativity being guided and taught by someone who is so talented and inspiring.  I learnt a lot, laughed a lot and it felt so good to be part of such a like minded and creative group. It was a special four days that I will not forget in a hurry." Allison

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"Thank You Catriona for the 4 day Random Weave and Sculptural Workshop. This workshop had boosted my confidence and creativity and had taught me practical techniques that I can apply in a myriad of ways. My basketry skills have escalated since doing your workshop! I loved the way you scaffolded each skill we learnt with your teaching style this made the progress smooth and achievable!  Thank you also for your encouragement, reassurance and support."  Lea


Taping into your creativity, we will be exploring traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective. This workshop is so much more than just learning techniques, it’s an opportunity to connect with nature, your stories and tap into powerful creativity that is ready to surface.

You will be learning and exploring my favourite basketry techniques including:

  • random weaving with vines or long leafy plants
  • twining
  • looping
  • using materials including seagrass, twine and foraged natural fibres.

By the end of this course you will be confident in multiple basketry techniques.

You will complete a series of sculptural forms culminating in your very own sculpture using the techniques we’ve explored and materials that you’ve foraged as well as class materials.

Learning at your own pace, in this hands on, practical workshop is all about exploration and experimentation not perfection. While learning basketry techniques, you will be reconnecting with your imagination and creativity.

It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from expert weaver, Catriona Pollard.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished basketry sculptures and the confidence to do more.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn multiple basketry techniques.
  • You don’t have any experience or want to further develop your weaving.
  • You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.
  • You deserve the gift of four days of dedicated weaving with a group of lovely people.

Catriona Pollard – Basketry artist and teacher

Currently the Northern Beaches Artist in Residence, Catriona is a practicing basketry artist and teacher, her unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature.

She uses foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature.

Her art is about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.

She has had several solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. She’s 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.

She teaches sold out workshops in her studio in Sydney, week long residentials at art schools and also internationally.

Her 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 at www.theartofweaving.com.au/about

BOOK NOW!

Cancellations: 100% refund if you cancel before 17 November 2021. 50% refund if you cancel by 17 January 2022. No refunds after 17 January 2022. If there is a person that can fill your spot from the waiting list then happy to refund you in full. All refunds are less the 0.026% processing fee. 100% refund if I have to cancel for an unforeseen circumstance.

Materials: On booking I’ll send you a list of suggested materials to bring.

This is a non residential retreat.

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2021 10am - 4pm daily. 

Venue: Eramboo Artist Environment, McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills, Northern Beaches Sydney. 15 minutes from Narrabeen, 40 minutes from Sydney CBD

Cost: $625 + $80 for materials

Images are of works completed by students. Image in product image is work by Natalie K.


[Not A] Basket Case Exhibition

I'm delighted to be selected for the exhibition [Not A] Basket Case including Australian and International basketry.

Making a case for contemporary basket art. This exhibition brings together the best of basketry from Australia and overseas and showcase a selection of absolutely stunning sculptural and wall pieces, all handwoven from diverse natural and found materials. See the best this medium has to offer this month at Gallery76.

A not to be missed exhibition, with so much stunning basketry on display.

Sat 6 Mar to Thu 1 Apr 2021

Cost:        Free,
Venue:     Embroidery Guild, 76 Queen St, Concord West NSW

More info click here.


Being In Balance Exhibition - Bathers' Pavilion, Balmoral

I will unveil my new body of work at the Bathers’ Pavilion in a duo exhibition with Tracy Dickason titled ‘Being In Balance’ which showcases the art of slow making and connection. This body of work was largely made during my art residency at BiCI (Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives) in December 2020.

Running from 3 March 2021, with the official opening 8 March, the artworks explore the mindful connection on the balance of self and place in our community.

The past year has highlighted the outcomes that slowing down creates such as the importance of how we see ourselves in the local community and also how our actions can influence the global community.

The exhibition is a call for us to all slow down and fall in love again with the world around us and see that we are bound by nature and community to claim its place in our heart.

Exhibition details:

When: 3 March – end of April 2021

Official opening: 6-8pm, 8 March 2021, RSVP essential: https://events.humanitix.com/being-in-balance

Where: Upstairs, Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral

Cost: Free

Gallery hours: Open 7 days, 7am – 10pm


Awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artist in Residence

I'm so thrilled to be awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artists in Residence. Once a year, they invite artists and creatives to apply for residency opportunities through the Northern Beaches Artist Residency Program

Sydney Northern Beaches Council and Eramboo Artist Environment have partnered together to provide the six-month artist residency, in an inspirational bushland environment, for an artist to develop a new body of work or a site responsive creative project. My work will be around the connection of hope and nature, and am being funded to create a body of work relating to this.

I have been provided a studio in an inspirational studio environment at Eramboo Artist Environment, rent-free, and have a rare opportunity to experiment, express my artistic vision. It is in Terrey Hills, adjacent to the Ku-ring-gai National Park means I can connect to nature directly.

I feel like it’s a ‘room of one’s own’ moment. Through six solo exhibitions, countless group and selected exhibitions ... I’ve used my kitchen floor, balcony, lounge room floor, dining table, garage, my desk in the office. Now I can close the door at the end of the day and know I can come back to my work in progress and I don’t have to step over it or eat dinner next to it.

The exhibition will be in 6 - 15 August 2021.