The traditional craft of basket weaving is as old as the history of man. In the olden days, baskets were made to be used daily, in carrying food and goods. In the 21st century, basket weaving has become a celebrated creative skill. The appeal of sculptural basketry for Catriona Pollard though is “the combination of nature, imagination and beauty”.
In this interview with Mindfood, the fastest-growing magazine in Australia, HerBusiness’s member Catriona Pollard talks about her passion for the art of sculptural basketry. When she’s not weaving baskets, Catriona is running CP Communications, an Australian public relations company.
In the interview titled ‘5 minutes with Catriona Pollard’, an interesting point she makes about the craft of basket weaving is that it defies the 21st century instinct to be constantly surrounded by technology. Instead, she looks for inspiration in the natural elements in her surroundings, such as a fallen branch or a picturesque landscape. Inspiration, and the subsequent product of her craft, teaches us to capture moments and energy beyond physical beauty.
Catriona has an upcoming exhibition, where she will showcase her solo works. It is called Love.Honour.Cherish and is an “emotionally-charged, nature based sculptural exhibition which explores connection and relationship we have with our environment and the beauty in shares with us”. It will run from the 7th to 19th of October at Gallery Lane Cove.
Learn more about Catriona’s exhibit here. This post was co-authored by Natalie Ong. Natalie is currently completing a journalism internship at the HerBusiness. She studies a media degree at the University of New South Wales.