Taking things right back to basics, 'Wildcraft Australia' teaches the skills necessary to go into the wilderness and draw all of your needs from nature. They believe that through a deeper understanding of the natural world we can gain a sense of our place within it and can develop a very real sense of belonging. Now that's pretty beautiful.
Join us on the farm and learn the traditional Indigenous art of basket weaving. In this practical and therapeutic workshop, you will learn what local materials can be used for basket weaving and you will weave a 'coil' style basket with your very own hands. They'll cover the basics of basket making so that you can then go on to make as many baskets as the heart desires!
You'll take home your beautiful little basket along with information about what local material can be used, how to process it and natural dyes.
Suitable for: All ages + Beginner - intermediate weavers.
Provided: Tea or coffee + materials to weave + notes to take home.
Bring: All optional. Spray bottle, scissors, any examples of baskets you have or you have made, any materials that you think could be used for basket weaving. Something to sit on if you want to sit off the ground. (Wildcraft generally set up mats on the ground in the shade for weaving - but if you have another idea that is fine too!)
The teachers: Nikki and Jo of Wildcraft Australia have been travelling to Arnhemland since 2008 and have learnt traditional weaving from the Yolgnu Women at a small community near Elcho Island. Each trip gives them a greater understanding of this simple process that takes a lot of time to master. The women in Arnhemland are master weavers and they think of themselves as apprentices. They have taken what they have learnt and have researched and tested local materials that can be used for weaving as well as dyeing. They love sharing what they have learnt and have seen people take what they learn and weave it into their lives in so many different ways.