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Fibre Art Workshop | Make a hanging basket with Nicole Robins

In this basketry workshop, you will learn about using natural materials from a Sydney urban garden environment to make a small hanging basket from natural fibres with Nicole Robins. Harvesting and preparing fibres will be discussed as well as resources for learning more. You'll discover how traditional basketry techniques merge with a love for organic forms and locally found fibres in Nicole's work.

We will use a cordyline base and learn the basics of randing and paired twining. Cordage making will also be demonstrated, and its uses for handles and garden ties.

This workshop is presented in association with the exhibition 'The Green Room - when nature moves in' a solo exhibition by Sydney fibre artist and 2020 Greenway Art Prize Winner, Nicole Robins.

Artist Statement

In the face of a global pandemic, our connections to the natural world have emerged as being crucial to our wellbeing. Roaming in nature reminds us that we are most at peace when we are aware of our interdependence on other life forms. At the same time, our need to act in response to the current climate crisis grows ever more urgent.

'Fibre art allows me to create an inner sanctuary that carries my love for nature inside and yet reminds us of all of our fragile coexistence.'

What you'll learn

  • learn a little about using natural materials
  • how to harvest and prepare natural fibres
  • simple basketry techniques

Is this course right for me?

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience including enthusiastic beginners, intermediate and advanced.


An apron, scissors and an old towel.

Nicole will provide some materials for you to make your basket in this workshop, however, please feel free to bring small samples of any suitable leaves or fibres you may have in your garden that you would like to know more about in relation to future basketry projects.

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

We have extra measures in place for your health and well-being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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