Public Basketry Workshops

In Catriona’s basketry workshops you have the opportunity to explore your creativity through traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective. These fun days are the perfect way to learn a new skill with a focus on exploration and play not perfection.

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BASKETRY WORKSHOP – RANDOM WEAVE SCULPTURES

  • Learn with a international teacher and expert Weaver
  • A day workshop so you can leave with a completed basket or wall sculpture (this is not a technique you can learn in a morning)
  • You’ll make a gorgeous basket or a wall sculpture even if you don’t think you can!
  • Get your creative groove on!

Join this fun filled full day workshop and learn the random weave basketry technique using the wonderful Bangalow Palm inflorescence.

The workshop is all about exploration and play – not perfection. So it’s perfect for those who think they have no creativity or artistic ability (we are all creative!)- or want to explore that quality more.

Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques and learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination.

It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from expert weaver, Catriona Pollard. Materials included, but if you have access to Bangalow Palm inflorescence then bring it along. Once booked, I’ll give you preparation notes.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers.

If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished basket or sculpture.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn the ancient basketry technique of random weaving, but don’t know where to start.
  • 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.

COVID safe practices in place. Participants must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask during the workshop. Limited students and check in required.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL for all workshops as there is limited number of spots available.

 


Random Weave - 28 November 2021 - SYDNEY

 

Where: St Luke’s Hall, 4 Heydon Street, Mosman, NSW 2088

Cost: Full Day Workshop with expert weaver and teacher – $195 inc GST and materials

Limited spaces available. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

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Booked out - Sunday 6 February 2021 - SYDNEY BOTANICAL GARDENS - Postponed due to lockdown

Marking the opening day of Foundation & Friends Transformation exhibition: Art in the Recycle (which I’m exhibiting in), you will use wonderful Australian native Bangalow Palm inflorescence to make a gorgeous basket, or a wall sculpture. You will receive hands-on tuition in this small class, great for someone who’s never weaved before. Suitable for beginners.

Where: Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney

Cost: $225 ($195 Foundation & Friends Members)

Limited spaces available. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Booking through the Gardens here


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Gift Voucher

What a wonderful gift! Give someone you care about the experience of a day in creativity making a random weave basket or wall sculpture. It’s so much fun!

I run a workshop on a Sunday most months, so once you’ve given them the voucher, they can get in touch to pick the date. Valid for 12 months.

Cost: $195 inc GST and materials


WEAVING RETREAT - Sydney 17-20 February 2022

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

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2022

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, twining, Neolithic twining and looping using copper, twine and foraged natural fibres. 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.

For me, it’s about creating a space where people can come and sit in creativity. It’s not about being the best or the fastest – it’s about gifting yourself the time to do what you need to do – learn, heal, transform – whatever it is for you.

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.

This is a non residential retreat.

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2022 – 10am-4pm

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

Cost: $625 + $80 materials

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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
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“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.” Sarah
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“I had a wonderful time creating, learning new skills, using natural elements and sitting chatting with like-minded women.  What a gift to be able to take time out with Catriona guiding us enthusiastically and nurturing our new skills and self-belief.  Thanks heaps Catriona.” Robin



PREVIOUS PUBLIC WORKSHOPS


ANCIENT ART OF TWINING – waitlist

24 February 2019 –  10am – 4pm

Where: Catriona Pollard Artist Showroom, Level 1, 4 Young St Neutral Bay
Cost: $195 inc GST and materials

Click to book – Only a few spots left! Don’t miss out.

Having spent hundreds – if not thousands of hours twining so many different types of materials, I just love twining. It’s my go to basketry technique where ever I am – on the train from Rome to Florence, sitting on the beach or in front of TV. It’s one of those techniques that once you’ve learnt the fundamentals, you can apply to so many materials, forms, baskets and sculptures.

In this basketry workshop, learn the ancient basketry technique of twining using beautiful polished hemp. You’ll learn how to twine and also how to add in to create patterns. During this full-day basketry workshop, there will be time to explore this beautiful weaving technique. Over the day we will be making two small baskets so you will leave confident in the technique, and how to start and do multiple finishes. It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from an expert. All materials included.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. (If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished baskets).

Sturt Summer School – Interwoven creativity- weaving natural forms – WAITING LIST ONLY
3-8 January 2019

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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 and you will complete a series of sculptural forms.

Fibre Arts Festival, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
17, 18, 19 November 2018

Want to have an end of the year creative experience? Join me at the inaugural Fibre Arts Festival at the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, QLD where you can do a bunch of interesting creative workshops, chill by the pool, do some yoga and hang out with like minded people. Don’t miss out! I’ll be doing twining basketry workshops using hemp and seagrass cord. Book at: www.fibreartsfestival.com.au and look at www.facebook.com/fibreartsfestivalAUS

Learn Sculptural Basketry with Catriona Pollard – Mosman Art Gallery – BOOKED OUT

In this basketry 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.

Wild Creativity – Moss Vale, Southern Highlands, NSW

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 basketry 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.

Unwind, Twine and Dine – East Coast Lounge, Mosman

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 basketry workshops 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.

Formed and Foraged – The School, Roseberry –  BOOKED OUT

“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 workshop, 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.”

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

Explore your creativity: weaving sculptures – booked out
4 February 2018 9:30-4pm, North Sydney Community Centre

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

5 day residential – Sturt Winter School – Interwoven creativity- weaving natural forms – Booked Out

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.

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