Weaving Paper Vessels with Fiona Gavino

Using the basketry technique of plaiting, learn how to create a woven vessel using easily accessible artists' watercolour paper. After selecting your chosen tinted paper, participants will prepare the paper for weaving and then learn how to make a round basket with a square base. The basket is then finished at the rim with traditional materials of rattan outerbark and over stitched with fine rattan binding material. This hands-on class is perfect for beginners through to those who want to explore the potential of their basketry skills.


  •  A materials fee is included in the cost of the course

What to bring:-

  • Small wooden pegs
  • Large darning needle
  • Sharp scissors
  • Students must wear appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes and tie up long hair for safety reasons
  • We suggest bringing your own lunch as cafes in the vicinity can be very busy during peak periods


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit wa.gov.au.

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email ArtsCentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Roof Works:

FAC are currently in the final stages of a long-term project to refurbish, repair and protect one of the City’s best loved heritage buildings. For more information, please head to: Roof Restoration - Fremantle Arts Centre Heritage Building (fac.org.au), please direct any questions about the roof works to: info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Tutor Fiona Gavino

Fiona Gavino is a nationally-recognised fibre artist who uses basket making materials and techniques in innovative ways. She has been teaching for over 15 years, her classes provide a fun and practical introduction to basketry that will allow students to continue sourcing and creating their own beautiful works well after the class is over.

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