Random Weave Recycled Baskets with Ann McMahon

Random Weave Recycled Baskets

With Ann McMahon

A FREE Infuse Workshop

Supported by our Infuse donors

Gungahlin Arts

Saturday 2 November, 1-4pm, Gungaderra Homestead

Belco Arts

Saturday 9 November, 12:30-3:30pm, Generator Gallery


Saturday 16 November, 12:30-3:30pm, Mingle Community Room (in the SLA Display Village)

*Participation in these workshops is free for all, but places are strictly limited. We appreciate your support by not booking a place unless you are sure that you will attend. We also ask that you only book into one of the above sessions to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy this experience.

If you are happy making it up as you go along, random weave is definitely for you. Once you master the basic principles of this accessible basket making practice, you will be able to continue this adaptable and satisfying weaving style independently. If you need a pattern to follow, the process will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to think and make differently. Ann McMahon will share tips for creating a robust structure using a simple form to begin. Participants you will make a functional or experimental vessel using recycled plastic strapping to take home to use and show off.

About Ann McMahon

Ann McMahon, a textile artist based in Canberra, specialising in off loom weaving. A graduate of the ANU School of Art, she typically makes three-dimensional works expressing through a visual language based in a combination of form and materiality. A concern for the amount of waste going to landfill prompted her to investigate the use of discarded materials and she has worked with various recycled plastics for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT and is the Exhibitions and Public Program Manager at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Instagram: @ann_louise2020

More about our 2024 Infuse workshops

We are all connected to the natural world around us in many ways, and this year, our free infuse workshops focus in on these connections.  

From inspiring awe and wonder for nature through stitching, drawing and watercolours, to exploring creative techniques that have a reduced environmental impact by using recycled materials, Infuse will give you a taste of some of the many ways to bring in a little more connection to nature in your creativity.

Each workshop is led by professional artists who will take to through structured activities that draw from their own creative practices.  Workshops are suitable for people of all levels of creative experience and no prior knowledge is required. 

Workshops are designed with adults in mind, however enthusiastic children and young people are also welcome.  Please note that all children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Infuse is supported by our generous donors, Belco Arts works with artists every day to realise their ambitions and connect them with the community. Through Infuse, you can donate directly to Belco Arts and boost our whole program. This is the perfect way to support Belco Arts as an ambitious, sustainable, welcoming and inclusive arts organisation for years to come. for more information or to contribute, click here

Infuse Whitlam workshops are generously supported by the Suburban Land Agency’s Whitlam Mingle program. Mingle is a community program designed to build vibrant communities within new estates in the ACT.

Infuse Gungahlin Workshops are held at Gungaderra Homestead – home of the Canberra Environment Centre. We’re delighted to be working alongside these folks who empower people to create a sustainable future for the Canberra community by supporting lifelong behavioural change.