Sculptural Fibre Artist: CATRIONA POLLARD
It takes an artist to see the true beauty in inanimate objects and visualise how she would use these in a creative form. Her work binds immense femininity, sensitivity and strength. With every piece there is a story to be told. Catriona depicts friends, family and places. What really amazes me is her great sensitivity with the use of materials and the effortless combination of them. Producing often tightness in contrast with fluid form. Jason Woodland, Fanuli
My work adds a contemporary layer to the ancient art form of weaving, which is often dismissed as functional craft. My work gives the viewer the opportunity review their assumptions about craft and its potential in art. When they see my work, it forces them to see beyond their concept of basketry.
In addition to my sculptural work, I also spend time creating ephemeral pieces as I have an interest in the concept of impermanence within nature and the juxtaposition of society’s current disconnection with it. I use ephemeral artworks to explore these concepts. The process of spending a day (or an hour) in nature creating art that is simply left there to disintegrate is an integral aspect of this exploration.
Predominately self-taught, I have been honoured to learn and do weaving sessions with Jillian Culey (Aus), Judy Dominic (USA), Mary Hettmansperger (US), Tim Johnson (UK), Robyn Djunginy (NAIDOC National Artist of the Year), Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.
My solo exhibitions are described as emotionally-authentic, uniquely contemporary Australian, raw and visually stunning.
I was awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artist in Residence, and have been finalists in Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize (2017, 2018), Northern Beaches Art Prize (2017-2018), North Sydney Art Prize (2013-2015), Warringah Art Prize (2016), Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW (2014, 2015), Mosman Art Gallery 2088 (2011-2019), Little Things Art Prize (2019), Australian Fibre Arts Award (2021), Environmental Art & Design Award (2021).
I enjoy teaching creativity and weaving, and run sold-out workshops in Australia and internationally. Click here for more details.
My work is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. You can view my work privately by contacting me or there are collections at Fanuli Furniture and Art Gallery on Palm Beach, Broken Hill Regional Gallery and other exhibitions listed.
Read about my exploration of creativity, nature and the beauty of life on my blog CatrionaPollard.com
See my art portfolio for for residential and commercial spaces.
Please go to my art website TheArtofWeaving.com.au for the complete portfolio of my work available for sale.
Your workshop was the best I have ever attended or likely to. It was so complete with our written work, discussions, meditations, ephemeral art, as well as all the great techniques and the total class commitment and enthusiasm – Rachel
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
Thoroughly enjoyed the random weave workshop. It was lovely to spend time creating a sculpture from nature, in the company of like-minded people. – Anita
Every month – dates and bookings on TheArtofWeaving.com.au
Cost: $195 inc GST and material
Learn the random weave basketry technique using the wonderful Bangalow Palm inflorescence. The workshop is 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.
It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from an expert. 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 baskets).
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
ONLINE SCHOOOL OF BASKETRY ART
In these video based courses you can learn at your own pace, stop and start as many times as you want! As well as begin the course whenever you want. You have lifetime access.
They are super practical and suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers or anyone who simply wants to explore their creativity. As a student you also have access to the School of Basketry Art Facebook Group which is full of wonderfully support people. I just know you will end up with gorgeous finished sculptural baskets and the confidence to do more!
CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS FOR ORGANISATIONS
So often innovation and creativity is linked to technology and developing the latest digital application. What if your innovative and creativity process used ancient techniques that not only engage with logic and problem solving, but also taps into the creative and imaginative side of the brain.
Nature-based artist and entrepreneur, Catriona Pollard, develops tailored workshops in nature-based experiences including basketry and ephemeral art that can be about play and story telling, tapping into creativity using this ancient art form, problem solving, digital detox, or simply a fun hands on learning experience.
EXHIBITIONS and CV
See full up to date CV here.
Must say that I personally find Catriona’s work both ethereal and eternal, as she explores her own connection with the natural world, releasing her emotions to craft and weave so effectively her ‘simple moments in time’. Carolyn McDowall
Her artwork attested to the variations and immense possibilities offered from shaping natural objects. The intersection of the ancient craft of weaving and modern imaginative sculpture was enigmatic and highly inventive. The texture and colour variations are symbolic references to the connection she makes between nature and humanity. Catriona Pollard’s work is was sinuous and imaginative. Rose Niland.
Catriona brings a fresh approach to an ancient technique. Thanks to a growing appreciation for all things niche, this artist’s organic creations are a must-have for those who appreciate design with a lot of heart. Annabelle Cloros
- Textile Fibre Forum Magazine
- Home Design Magazine
- Home Ideas
- The Culture Concept Circle
- Australia Arts Review
- Daily Telegraph
- The Art and the Curious
- Art People
- Lip Magazine
- North Shore Times
- Village Observer
- View Magazine
- Complete Home
- Women’s Agenda
- Sydney Morning Herald
- Prevention Magazine
- Country Home Ideas
- Southern Highland News
More information go to my art website: www.Theartofweaving.com.au