This weekend I participated in two weaving workshops at the MCA, associated with the exhibition String Theory: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art.
On Saturday I joined the Tjanpi Desert Weavers from Alice Springs in a hands-on workshop creating objects and sculptures using traditional weaving methods. and on Sunday I participated in a workshop led by the amazing Frances Djulibing and other artists from Ramingining, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The workshops were great, I learned some new techniques and loved the focused and peaceful energy of women making things together…
I have two projects underway – a small coil basket using tjampi grass and raffia, and a mat/wall-hanging using pandanus.
I’ll be looking more at plants, here is a start:
We also learned to make string from the inner bark of the banyan tree
I learned, from one of my co-participants to make string from the dianella plant
I’ve also tried working with lomandra
I’m very interested in the idea of working with plants, particularly because they are a direct way to connect to place.