I am a sculptural basket maker exploring the intersection of craft, art and design. I harvest plant materials from the surrounding bush, coastal gardens and beaches and salvage rusted and decaying farm detritus and weave them into objects of textural beauty and function for modern spaces. Basketry is non-machinated, therefore it eschews manufacturing and consumerism. I look for broken or discarded remnants from industrial or agricultural manufacturing and make them significant again weaving in elements from nature.
My creations reference both the ephemeral beauty of nature; feathers, pods, cocoons, bones, nests, quills and the detritus of industrial manufacturing; rusted corrugated iron, furniture, machinery, wire. Inspiration comes from the delicate tonal colour changes in the Australian landscape and the form and patina of the materials available in the season or place. The practice of weaving is meditative, drawing from the timelessness of ancient knowledge and women making remarkable functional objects without tools.
In my workshops, people learn which plants from their surroundings are suitable to collect and prepare and how to weave them into a sculptural random weave basket. I am currently making sculptural basketry for exhibition and designing and making pendant lights for public and private commission.
I live outside beautiful Robertson, NSW, Australia with my husband Mat Campbell, our son Banjo and daughter Clementine. In 2005 Mat and I co-founded Warp & Weft an ethical small business importing organically dyed, hand spun textiles from Peru and Argentina.