Weaving Connections

Weaving Connections: Basketry & Fibre Arts Forum, held in September at Lot 19 in Castlemaine, aims to bring together indigenous and non-indigenous practitioners on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung People to celebrate the Regional Centre for Culture.

The focus is cultural exchange fostering greater understanding, building protocols and improving networks. Practitioners will meet to share cultural experiences and discuss the function of weaving in their lives and communities. Featuring guest speakers, facilitated discussion, community artwork and participatory workshops. Community artwork depicting Bunjil’s nest will be created, including story telling. Welcome to Country with smoking ceremony to be performed.

Weaving Connections: Basketry and Fibre Arts Forum have formed to build networks between indigenous and non-indigenous practitioners. I am working with a committee to co-ordinate this event that includes Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and Laurel Freeland.

Aunty Marilyne Nicholls is a Dja Dja Wurrung weaver who continues the lineage of basket makers that can be traced at least four generations. Aunty Marilyne learned from her grandmother and mother how to harvest native grasses from the Murray River to weave mats and baskets.

Laurel Freeland has a wealth of experience in facilitation, management and education. See http://alchemylivingandlearning.com.au for more.

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