Basketry Looping Workshop – Curl Curl Creative Space, 10 March 2024


When: Sunday 10 March 2024

Time: 10am -1pm

Where: Curl Curl Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl NSW 2096

Cost: $120 inc GST and materials

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Join this fun filled morning workshop with weaving expert Catriona Pollard and learn the wonderful basketry technique of looping. Looping is a great basketry technique that has been used for thousands of years across most cultures. It allows you to create light and versatile forms.

You’ll be using paper cord and will weave around a jar and end up with a gorgeous looped basket. Suitable for anyone who wants to have a creative morning, no basketry experience needed. By the end of this workshop, not only will you have gorgeous basket, but you will be confident in this basketry technique.

All material is included, you’ll just need to bring a jar around 15 cm x 6cm deep.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn the ancient basketry technique of looping, 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.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL as there is limited number of spots available.

“A joyous experience. I highly recommend it. Thank you for your kindness, care, instruction, guidance and creativity. Such a wonderful day.” Lynne

“Thank you for your fantastic workshop on Sunday. 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 centered. Such a gift – thank you again. Kim

“I had a wonderful day 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


Catriona Pollard – Basketry artist and teacher

Catriona Pollard is a contemporary artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into organic sculptural works. Her unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into works that investigate human’s personal connection with the natural world. Engaging audiences to build creative connection with the natural world is a fundamental part of her art practice and her teaching.  By transforming organic material into sculptures, she presents an opportunity to be enchanted by the natural world and the stories it shares.

Through her sculptures, she uses nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Ultimately aiming to reignite people’s relationship with nature for the wellbeing of both the human and more than human worlds.

She exhibits extensively in solo exhibitions, selected and group exhibitions. She has been a finalist in many art awards including 2023 International Art Textile Biennale, National Capital Art Prize, Environmental Art & Design Award (Awarded Highly Commended 2022), North Sydney Art Prize, Australian Fibre Arts Award, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW and Mosman Art Gallery.

Her artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Watch her talk about her art at ABC TV and Gardening Australia and read in the feature in Good Weekend, SMH/The Age.  She is profiled in the Book: Woven Together: Weavers and Their Stories (Gingko Press). See the new section for more talks and media.

As a dedicated professional educator, she holds sold out sculptural basketry weaving workshops in Australia and internationally and teaches for design and craft centres. She holds demonstrations for organisations including Museums, and gives artist talks at galleries and community groups. She also established the online with students from around the world.

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Cancellations: 100% refund if you cancel 14 days before (less CC fee).  No refunds after 14 days before (You are welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else). After that date if there is a waiting list (not guaranteed) and someone can fill your spot then happy to refund you. All refunds are less the 0.026% processing fee. 100% refund if I have to cancel for an unforeseen circumstance.

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Catriona Pollard’s unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and vines into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature. She uses foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry techniques.



The basketry workshops are all about exploration and play – not perfection. Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques and learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination. Suitable for anyone interested in exploring their creativity.