Decorative Arts Workshops

1 Day Course

27 November 2022

Learn how to use natural materials to make a small basket using the traditional basketry technique of twining.

Twining is the twisting of two strands of flexible material around a vertical support. This technique creates strong surfaces and adds stability to baskets.

Participants will learn how to create a rolled rim to complete the basket.

Materials such as red-hot poker, cordyline, dietes iris &/or and flax will be provided as well as information about how to collect, dry and prepare materials.

1 Day Course

1 October 2022

Your experience starts with a walk along the Yarrowee with Wadawurrung weaver Tammy Gilson where the memories are held by her ancestors. See through Tammy’s eyes how Country makes her feel.
Learn traditional ecological knowledge first-hand and connect with the resources and materials that will be used in the afternoon’s hands-on practice where you will learn Wadawurrung weaving techniques and make your own woven object under Tammy’s tuition.

1 Day Course

20 November 2022

Learn how to use natural materials to make a small melon basket using the traditional basketry technique of ribbed construction.

We will start by lashing two intersecting hoops together to create a basic framework. As we weave, ribs will be inserted into the lashing to provide structural integrity and strength to the basket. The woven surface will be created using a technique called randing, which is the moving of a single weaver inside and outside alternating ribs.

A range of plant materials will be provided such as iris, red-hot poker, bulrushes, watsonia and willow. Information about how to collect, dry and prepare your own materials to use at home is included in this workshop.