Gabrielle Powell | Basket Maker 
Handmade | Recycled | Up-cycled | Cobargo NSW |

Currently living and working at Cobargo NSW

2011        Diploma of Community Service Coordination, ACWA Sydney

2009        Diploma of Community Services - Distinction TAFE Bega

2001        Certificate IV Workplace Trainer & Assessor SERTEC Bega NSW
1992        Graduate Diploma Education Monash University Gippsland, Victoria
1985        Bachelor Visual Art Canberra School of Art, ACT


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019                Alice Springs Beanie Festival Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs

2019                Plant to Basket National Botanical Gardens, ACT Basket & Fibre Makers 

2014 - 18         Interwoven, Spiral Gallery

2018                Alice Springs Beanie Festival - winner of 'Space Junk Prize' Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs

2018                Adornment, Spiral Gallery 

2017                Fired+Wired, Spiral Gallery

2017                20th Anniversary, Spiral Gallery and Queanbeyan Arts Centre 

2011-16           International Women’s Day, Spiral Gallery

2014 -15          ReVive Art Prize, Eurobodalla Shire Moruya

2015                Riot Spring Exhibition, Spiral Gallery

2014                TRASHformations, South East Arts Eden

2014                Urban Weavings, Belconnen Arts Centre Canberra

2013                Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs

2013                Rhyme and Reason - Basketry Gathering Delegates, Belconnen Arts Centre

2013                Black & Whitewith a touch of colour, Spiral Gallery

2012                Washed Ashore Spiral Gallery

2012                Funky Furniture Spiral Gallery 

2008 & 2011    Meroogal Women’s Art Touring Exhibition, Sydney, Nowra, Bega, Mittagong, Wollongong, Canberra 

2007                Alice Springs Beanie Festival - winner of the 'Australian Native Flora & Fauna Prize'Alice Springs

Artist Statement
Making beautiful basketry is a humble occupation and it is one of the oldest crafts practised by women around the world. In 2005, a group of women humorously nicknamed the Basket Cases, met to make baskets around the Cobargo district. It was a great way to socialise but as an artist, it was the beginning of a creative journey which inspired me to make baskets professionally.


I am an active scavenger, bringing things home from the tip, holidays or collecting useful treasures to incorporate into my next basket/work. I like the challenge of making things out of unconventional materials such as tubing, cabling, plastic, wire; recycling materials that would normally be discarded.