I’ve always had a secret, unspoken desire to be an artist. I didn’t start truly exploring art until a few years ago, and it’s only been recently that I felt I could call myself an artist.
Interestingly, it was the stress of constantly managing the ups and downs of a running business and the million other things I do that led me to start exploring art seriously.
I did some reassessing and realised I needed to incorporate creativity and art into my life. I’ve always been interested in many forms of craft so I booked into a week-long basketry class in 2011. I picked up a vine to weave and was hooked.
Seeing the beauty
For me it’s about the combination of nature, imagination and beauty that attracted me to sculptural basketry.
For the past six months I’ve spent most of my evenings after work sitting on the floor of my apartment surrounded by leaves and weaving sculptures for my very first solo exhibition. Slowly, yet deliberately, weaving the plant fibres to tell my stories and illuminate every facet of me.
The sculptures are about seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. For me, it’s about being still and letting the beauty emerge.
Connecting with nature
I have a deep connection with the natural world around me. Through my art, I wanted to comment on our current disconnection with it.
Walking down the street with your only view being the piece of glass in your hand checking Facebook, means that you’re missing the moments in time that nature gifts us; a beautiful sunset, the sun through the trees or leaf drifting by in the breeze.
My exhibition, Love.Honour.Cherish is a collection of beautifully woven pieces that honour and worship the earth beneath our feet and the new growth that can emerge from it.
I know this to be true. We all have new growth ready to emerge. We just have to be brave enough to let it emerge.
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My exhibition Love.Honour.Cherish is on from 7-19 October, at Gallery Lane Cove. Opening night is 6pm, 7 October and I’m doing a free artist talk at 11am on 10 October. I’d love to see you there. More information TheArtOfWeaving.com.au
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PS My exhibition Love.Honour.Cherish is on from 7-19 October, at Gallery Lane Cove. Opening night is 6pm, 7 October and I’m doing a free artist talk at 11am on 10 October. I’d love to see you there. More information TheArtOfWeaving.com.au