I just spent the weekend helping members of The Beekeepers Club in Melbourne make bee skeps. Participants were dedicated, ambitious and hard working when creating impressive structures over a day and a half. Some of the participants will use their bee skep to catch swarms before transferring the bees into their wood box hives. Others … More Making bee skeps
Western Fibre Artists were lucky to have Polly visit us today in Darley and teach us really fun basketry techniques that allowed us to combined coiled and knotless netting.
Yesterday I worked with 7 ladies at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, showing basic tips and tricks when creating coiled baskets. No-one finished their basket so I hope that they go home and spend some time finishing them! Coiled basketry can be one of the more time consuming basketry processes.
I visited Wesley College, Clunes Campus for a day and a half and managed to introduce a group of Year 9’s to twining, coiling, random weaving and string making techniques! The students will use these new techniques to create individual sculptural baskets and a group art installation during the rest of the week.
I had a busy weekend making straw dolls with kids and their families at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday and Lavandula in Hepburn on Sunday. At Lavandula the geese were close by, making sure all the stall holders were doing everything well and according to their high expectations!
I went to Grampians Texture to meet Gwen Egg and see her wonderful community artwork. She was generous with her time and talked to me in detail about how she constructs her large nests. This image is of ladies enjoying the finished nest at the opening…
I had a great day teaching 8 ladies how to make twined baskets at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday March 10. They are quite technical baskets for beginners to create so we all worked hard on the day!!