Video of my baskets on display at the markets in September, 2016. Thanks to Danielle Brady
On my retirement from teaching I felt the time was right for a sea change. Rather than travelling or physically relocating my life I took up weaving classes! I was first introduced to weaving by Glenda Ewin a local artist from Bowen Mountain, where I live. She learnt the craft from the Tjanpi desert weavers of the western and central deserts of Australia. Other influences to my work are Meri Peach and Lanny Mackenzie, both talented and generous fibre artists who have shared their knowledge with me in a variety of workshops.
I particularly like the idea that I can take materials that others might throw away (and yes, family and friends are checking with me before throwing anything out!) and make something functional and attractive - giving it a new life and purpose.
I use coiling techniques as well as random weaving and twining. Raffia features strongly in most of my baskets, along with local grass, jacaranda stems, vines and pine needles - and the search continues for new natural materials that can be used in my weaving.
Recycled materials are taking over my life, old electrical cords, chip packets, plastic bags, fabric from old clothes and sheets, strips from chaff bags, beads from all those 1980 big necklaces, wool, the ever popular plastic webbing from onion and orange bags and so much more, they all find a new home in my weavings.
If you would like to learn how to weave, go to my Workshop page for details of courses for 2019.
Video of my baskets on display at the markets in September, 2016.
Thanks to Danielle Brady for creating this new video.
Where are they now? Gone but not forgotten!
To see some of the designs in their new homes go to Home Visits. If you have one of my designs, let me know how you are using it and send a photo and caption and I will feature it on the Home Visits page.