Jodie Goldring was invited by Glenlyon Progress Association to be Artist in Residence on the Glenlyon Biolink Walking Trail during late October and through November in 2018. The trail meanders along the Loddon River for approximately 3 kms and has been replanted and tended by Landcare for over a decade.
The Artist will guide locals through a series of activities that focus on getting to know plants along the river and using them to learn weaving techniques. Some of the artworks will be left in situ to create visual interest along the trail and due to the ephemeral nature of the work will disintegrate over time.
Friday October 26 was a slow start to the project but the twined surface within the exisiting branches of a tree started to take shape by the end of the day and will be continued during the project…
Sunday October 28 was all about participants learning to make string! A small number of Glenlyon residents came and became very involved in string making. It was lovely to see the group take a simple but invaluable basketry technique and make a discovery of their own, by using native messmate bark to make really strong and beautiful string. At the end of the day we walked along the trail to the chosen site and started the installation. No better way to spend a spring day…
On Sunday November 4, perfect weather for boat making bought a bigger crowd to the project. During the day there were 3 groups who learned how to use grass (collected from the walking trail) to make boats. Grass was cobbled (stitched) and wrapped using colourful wool into boat shapes and then wax was painted on the bottom to encourage sea worthiness! A perfect rapid was located and we dropped boats into the Loddon River and watched them shoot down the rapid into a pool below and gradually beach themselves on the bank. A very enjoyable day with a lovely sense of community, creativity and fun.
The morning group chatting as they make their boats.
Let’s arrange our boats together and admire them!
It was great to see families come and make boats in the afternoon.A boat to be proud of!
A boat shoots down the rapid and into the pool below.
Boats at rest after a big day.
A little bit more twining was completed within the existing branches of a tree.