I reside in the Shoalhaven Shire of South Eastern New South Wales where I exhibit, run basketry workshops and create one of a kind art baskets. My sculptural aesthetic has evolved through my work as a dancer, crafter and nature lover. Although I prefer to use locally sourced plant fibre in my work, I have been known to dabble with rattan core, sea grass and waxed linen thread.
I describe myself as a creative itinerant who finally put down some roots in the beautiful Shoalhaven Shire of South Eastern New South Wales. In my life I have worked as a chef, a professional belly dancer and teacher, costume designer, artist model and community project coordinator.
I first visited the Shoalhaven area in the 1960′s as a child on yearly holiday escapes from Sydney. Not that we needed to escape as I was born, raised and educated in the Sutherland Shire and we lived on the Port Hacking River. I am River People and I have a deep respect for and affinity to the land where I learned, wandered and played as a child. Nature has always been my friend and a constant source of wonder and reverence is ever present in my life.
My family began relocating to the Shoalhaven in the 1970′s starting with my brother. My parents retired to Nowra in the late 1980′s where my father Alex, relocated his substantial camellia collection to his half acre suburban block. When my dear Mother Norma, passed away in 2002 Dad became like many widowers, a very lonely and isolated man. My son, Justin, Peachy our cattle dog and I relocated from Canberra to Nowra in 2004 to move in with Dad.
Initially, I thought that I would get to learn a lot about Dad, an ex World War Two soldier and bushman. I would write his story, find out more about my Mother, and our family history. Little did I realise then that I would put down my roots deep into the soil, meet my astro twin/sister/soul mate, get a University education and find my oeuvre in contemporary basket making…
Send me an enquiry and I will get back to you promptly and efficiently.
Lissa-Jane De Sailles
I am available to teach a number of workshops.
Traditional stake and strand methods will be shown as well as how to shape a functional or sculptural basket.
Learn how to make your own string from a number of materials as well as coiling techniques for sculptural or functional baskets.
Learn how to identify and prepare materials found in the local environment and how to design and make a sculptural or functional basket.