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“Weaving our Future” basketry workshop series

February 1 @ 8:00 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm



This is a special series of workshops to connect indigenous and non-indigenous women through the practice of basket weaving, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Participants attending workshops will learn basket weaving techniques that are practical and useful, with fibres from plants that grow locally. These skills will be used to create harvest baskets based on traditional and/or contemporary forms, with an emphasis on creativity and innovation of forms to suit the needs of modern society. In ‘Weaving our Future’, community members will learn where, how and when to harvest a selection of fibres sustainably and how to store and prepare these fibres for use. Yarning is an integral part of this process, where every participant will be given a voice and a nurturing space to share, where all are honoured for their individuality and their part in the dynamics of the group. Indigenous and non- indigenous knowledge is given a place to thrive, encouraging new ideas to emerge. Introducing traditional knowledge holders from Arnhem Land (Kunwinjku women) will add to this experience for deeper cultural connection and knowledge sharing (Karrimarnbun).

This knowledge exchange project will explore the overlap between traditional bush food harvesting, fibre and the baskets used to harvest food and fibre, honouring both traditional and contemporary perspectives. Participants will create both artworks and cultural artifacts, in an attempt to revive, revitalise and reinvent an endangered art form. The project is stage one in a larger vision – the establishment of a local ongoing (intercultural) weaving group, working towards cultural connection and creative exchange opportunities with remote Indigenous weavers.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1st February. Two date ranges with techniques working concurrently.

Dates are thus:

Tuesdays , Thursdays:

6 Feb           1 Feb

13 Feb         8 Feb

20 Feb         15 Feb

27 Feb         22 Feb

6 March       1 March

13 March     8 March

Two more days TBA and self-help group time – also, days are flexible according to technique (same technique, two different days).

$150 for the series of workshops. $25 per session if attended individually. Save over $50!


The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
This project is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.

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Rene Bahloo


Sunshine Coast
Queensland 4554 Australia + Google Map

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