Woven pendant lamps and modern fluoro baskets by Harriet Goodall.  Bottom pic - Caroline McCredie

Harriet teaching her Modern Fluoro Basketry class at The School in Sydney!  Photos - Caroline McCredie

Harriet Goodall at home in NSW’s Southern Highlands.

Must say, Megan Morton’s epic events lineup at The School in Sydney has introduced me to a plethora of Australian design talent from all over the country (thank GOD because I am too often in danger of being way too Melbourne-centric), and one more recent discovery has been NSW based basket maker and artist Harriet Goodall.

Based just outside Robertson in NSW’s beautiful Southern Highlands, Harriet’s interest in basketry began around five years ago.  ‘I started making ‘baskets’ (actually they were a bit like sculptural bird’s nests) when I was pregnant (unintentionally symbolic!), and with thanks to some private commissions, a bit of lucky publicity and my blog, it has turned into full-time practice’ says Harriet. It’s hard to believe Harriet has been practising basketry for only five years!  She has already achieved so much, and it’s clear just how impassioned she is by her craft – she really has found her calling.

Most days Harriet finds herself creating a variety of commissioned pendant lights and woven screens for houses, restaurants, retail shops and hotels.  She loves collaborating with interior designers to make custom lighting or site specific sculptural pieces.  Over the past year or so she’s also been relishing the opportunity to host various workshops across Australia.  She has classes coming up in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with The School – and next year she’s very excited to be heading to WA and also the USA.   ‘New and different opportunities are coming up all the time, and I am getting good at saying yes!’ says Harriet. ‘The workshops are a magic way to come together with lovely people and are so rewarding’.

Harriet is inspired by nature, and very conscious of keeping her practise low-impact by re-using found or sustainably sourced natural materials and local resources.   ‘I am attracted to working thoughtfully with simple natural materials’ she says.  For a little background about this inspiring Australian maker and a peek into her daily life, check out this sweet little video created by Australian Country Style Magazine earlier this year.

Harriet Goodall Modern Fluoro Basketry workshops with The School!

Brisbane – Friday 26th October 2012
Melbourne – Friday 9th November 2012
Sydney – Sunday 2nd December 2012

Harriet’s soon-to-be-extended home studio!