In January I am busy harvesting natural materials, drying them and storing them for the year ahead… Barley straw from the neighbouring farmers agricultural crop for the bee skep workshop in July… Lots of lovely leaves (bearded iris and aunty Eliza) for melon basket workshops. More leaves (Bearded iris, aunty Eliza & bullrushes) for melon … More Harvesting materials
Last Sunday 12th January was another great day spent at Lavandula making lavender wands with families. It was beautiful weather which bought a huge crowd of people looking to enjoy the ambience of the Swiss-Italian farm during their annual Lavender Harvest.
It has been a yearlong process of making these sculptures… I would like to start by thanking Margret, she has been a wonderful client, who trusted me with the direction of the work and was gracious about the time I needed to make it – a year in total!! We met on her property in … More Private commission in Glenlyon
It was great to go to the annual muster held by the Basketmakers of Victoria who inhabit the historic cottage and stable at Wattle Park in Melbourne. The 3 day event was an informal social gathering of members that ended with a shared lunch on Saturday January 4. Members shared their skills during mini workshops … More Basketmakers of Victoria annual muster
Last week I went to Tasmania to walk on Maria Island with my sister, which was a very memorable experience. There were a couple of kids on our guided walk who helped me collect and fill a random weave nest with soft things such as moss, lichen and feathers. I carefully wove the nest onto … More Visit to Tasmania
On Sunday I was at the Collingwood Children’s Farm to help celebrate their 40th Birthday! I spent time fence weaving with families to depict 4 chooks on one of their cyclone fences…It was a bit ambitious as we started at 10am and hustled to finish by 6pm. What I most enjoyed was really young kids … More Fence Weaving at CCF
Thank you to Jacqueline Millner and Caroline Phillips for organising such a wonderful symposium last week at Melbourne University. I committed to spending 3 full days there and was inspired and challenged by ideas and artworks presented during the week. I facilitated a workshop called Collaborative Nourishment when participants made bundles of grass and added … More The Care Symposium
Nothing like Spring at Lavandula….I was there on Sunday for their La Primavera Festival when I helped families make willow shapes. I will be back there again on January 12 for the Harvest Festival to help families make lavender wands…
Today the theme for environmental education at Cornish Hill in Daylesford was “Rainbows in the Sky”. What a lovely theme for the kids to explore! I helped 45 kids from 3 primary schools (Daylesford Dharma, St Michaels and Bullarto Primary) make bird signs in a project where science met art. The kids depicted the birds … More Birds on Cornish Hill
We were able to spend the day weaving outdoors yesterday at the Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens enjoying the sunshine. We were not the only ones ‘out and about’ as there were many visitors popping into the cottage during the day as they meandered through the gardens.