Judith and Richard Wolski
Wild Baskets grew from Judith and Richard’s passion to protect the native environment and its inhabitants, together with their enthusiasm to create something out of normally discarded items. Judith and Richard have been active members of many conservation groups and while helping relieve the bush of destructive weeds and vines they started experimenting with these plants in their weaving. They have been involved with education in wildlife protection, organic farming, composting, recycling, waste reduction and have participated in remnant vegetation studies and mapping programs.
Judith says “I first became interested in basket weaving as a child from my Nanna. Later in my life I learnt some valuable traditional basketry techniques using natural plant fibres from Aboriginal and New Guinea locals. I started experimenting with plant fibres available in our area and soon developed my own style and techniques”.
Wild Baskets conduct workshops all over Australia and productively sell their baskets from their home gallery and online. They use invasive weeds like morning glory, cats claw, white moth vine and lantana, which are smothering the Sunshine Coast landscape.
Wild Baskets have successfully been using destructive weed vines for many years and making the most amazing baskets, which ignite huge interest when it’s disclosed their beautiful and functional works of art started as invasive and destructive plants.