When it comes to bringing art into our homes, many of us instinctively think of a beautiful painting or sculpture, which undoubtedly brings light, colour and style to any room.
But how often would you think to use a woven basket, a woven light shade or even a rug to add some chic artistic flair to your home? It’s a beautiful way of adding art and creativity to your home without spending an absolute fortune.
It’s also a movement that is spreading like wildfire around the globe; one that has been largely spearheaded by local Robertson artist and sculptural weaver Harriet Goodall.
A stunning woven lampshade can provide more than simply a centrepiece for your room, says Harriet.
“When you turn on the light each night, it can throw the most incredible shadows and shapes into a bare wall, creating mood and negating the need for a painting to hang in that space.
This is a terrific option for people who are renting and might not be able to use picture hooks on their walls. Likewise, a dramatic wall hanging, a colourful basket or a statement woven sculpture can add bold character and a talking piece to your home.”
Harriet learned the fundamentals of her craft from one of Australia’s most pre-eminent basket-makers, the late Virginia Kaiser. She uses recycled, raw and natural materials to create her masterpieces, including seed pods, quills, sea grass, broken bird’s nests, old machinery, discarded wire and more. Each of these ‘discarded’ items eventually becomes a valuable keepsake that would do any home proud.
Harriet’s passion for weaving and natural dyes was sparked on a visit to Peru with her husband Mat Campbell in 2004 and they founded a not-for-profit business on their return. After teaching weaving workshops locally for six years, it was a trip to the Northern Territory in 2014 where she was invited by not-for-profit organisation Djilpin Arts to host a lightmaking workshop with indigenous women weavers in the remote Wugularr community that brought her passion full circle.
Harriet has now taught at weaving retreats around the world, from Sydney and the Southern Highlands in Australia to Bali, Vietnam and Denver and Boston in the USA. She teaches a range of basket weaving an in the upcoming year will be visiting Wagga Wagga, Japan and Sri Lanka.
Harriet loves nothing more than commissioning pieces of unique woven lighting for your home or other project and she regularly holds retreats to teach people the art of weaving. Her workshops sell out FAST, so be sure to book in quickly.
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