I explore: basket weaving

I’m a workshop addict; it’s fun learning new ways to make things. I haven’t done one in a while so when I saw the opportunity to join a workshop using upcycled materials and basket weaving techniques; I signed up; as you do.

What appealed to me most about this workshop was the use of recycled materials like fabrics and wool to create a woven platter or basket. I have a vast collection of fabric and yarn and twine from my dressmaking and soft “sculpture” phase. This class seemed like a great way to combine the use of these upcycled materials, my love of colour and learn a new skill.

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An enthusiastic group gathered at Little Lane Workshops for a pre-workshop glass of bubbles; then dived into learning weaving techniques guided by Ruth Wood of Craft School Oz. Ruth’s weaving has many influences including indigenous weavers in remote Australia and South East Asia. Her platter made from the fabric of a leg of black pair of jeans inspired to me to join the course.

Source: @craftschooloz

The afternoon workshop wasn’t enough time to complete my project, but it has certainly given me the necessary skills to make a platter or a small basket.

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A selection of creations from the workshop

I did go on to finish my mat; not bad for the first attempt and this is a craft I’ll continue to do. The process was relaxing and creative.

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The finished up cycled woven mat


I explore: free diving

Have you ever tried free diving? In the middle of winter last year, I decided to learn. Why winter? Who knows, it seemed like as good a time as any. Don’t get me wrong, the Australian winter is not a European winter; it’s very mild by comparison but it’s still a crazy time to learn a new sport where you spend an extended time in the water.

The driver? An upcoming sailing trip to Tonga. I’m so excited about this trip and I really want to get more out of snorkelling and I figured free diving would help me dive deeper and longer.

While I was looking for  a wetsuit in Sydney, I met a free diving instructor and a week later signed up for the next beginner class (AIDA2). The inspiration for all this….

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5 Fabulous Online Art Teachers

I’ve discussed why I love online art classes here and how to select a class here but if you need more suggestions, here are some classes that I’ve personally taken you might like:

Jane Davenport   – Jane’s online and face to face workshops got me back to art and I’ll be forever grateful. Her fun, whimsical classes focusses on art journalling as a way of self expression and creativity.  She’s an experienced artist and teacher and her classes have great technique tips and exercises. Her style features faces, figures and lots of colour. If you love the cute and whimsical, you’ll love these classes. Read More



Why online art classes are a great option

Have you tried them? Three years ago I didn’t know they existed and now I have discovered them, it’s fabulous. There’s such a fantastic range of classes and teacher to explore and access.

What is an online art class?

It’s literally a virtual art class. There’s a teacher who posts lessons online which you can watch in your own time. You are then given time to explore your own practice of the lesson and techniques. Then, on to the next lesson. So easy. Read More