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Finding Form with Fibre is an exploration of modern basketry, a craft that has transcended from craft to art form. 

Its pages guide the reader through a visual journeyof the works of fourteen Australian basketry artists. It is both a celebration of thecreative voice each with basketry at its core. The book is broken into 3 sections:

  • Interviews with fourteen modern basketry artists 

  • A materials section with a detailed listof plants that can be used in your basketry practice 

  • A how-to section 

Stunningly designed and illustrated, these pages serve as a compendium of beautiful makers, guiding the reader on a range of basketry techniques; some with an interesting twist on the traditional. It will invite the viewer to explore different mediums, plant fibres, and recycled materials to use in their own sustainable, creative practice. 

Foreword by Lisa Cahill, CEO & Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre "This book is a fantastic guide to practice: a starting point for new makers; a reference for establishedmakers; and a pleasure to read for anyone interested in woven forms. The pages are filled with resources and ideas for the how to weave and the immense variety ofmaterials to use".

About The Author

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Ruth initially trained as a clothing designer in the UK, honing her skills with textiles and fashion companies. Upon arriving in Australia, she furthered her education, graduating from Box Hill TAFE with a Visual Arts Diploma then went on to complete a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development at Monash University in Melbourne. 

She has been teaching for over 30 years in the creative field. Ruth is a “gatherer” and part of her basketry journey began with creating her own garden with a keen eye for plants suitable for weaving and dyeing and has developed what she aptly calls her ‘WeavingPantry’ in her home garden. She harvests her plant fibres throughout the seasons of the year. 

More recently, Ruth has produced a book about Sculptural Basketry and the use of plants - “Finding Form with Fibre”. This accomplishment further showcases her expertise in the field and her dedication to sharing knowledge. Through the workshops Craft School Oz offers and her book, they strive to foster creativity, inspire individuals, and create lasting connections among like-minded enthusiasts.

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