Basket making

This weekend I went to a basket-making workshop with my daughter. On the first day we made an aboriginal reed basket, and on the second I made a melon basket while she made a dilly bag. I did not have high expectations of my results as I think much better in two dimensions, but was delighted with the results! It was surprisingly hard work, we both had sore fingers and were exhausted by the end of the weekend, but once you were weaving the repetition was peaceful. One of the nicest things about the experience was learning that all the materials are freely available in the bush or even in suburban gardens – I am now looking at people’s gardens with a much more predatory gaze!

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Pages from my sketchbook

Here are a few of the sketches I did back in July when we travelled up through the back of New South Wales to far west Queensland (Diamantina Gorge), making our way home across Queensland and back down the coast, camping in wild and remote places. I sketch when I find things I like, and when I get time to sit and immerse myself. Most of the trip was cold and windy, which is not ideal conditions for sketching!