Christine shared some images of aboriginal panadanus palm weaving. The shapes and designs were detailed and intricate. Our aborigines use plant based weaving as do people in Ghana, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cambodia and so many other places. Palm leaves are particularly strong. It is interesting to see how these cultures use weaving ans sustainable practices.
Maningrida Arts and Culture gives you some idea how our aborigines are developing their weaving. One of the things they are doing is making sure older members of the community can weave so they have something to do, can sit and social distance and learn how to improve their skills. It is not reliant on mobility and strength. The weavers know a lot about natural dyes available in the Arnhem Land area. That knowledge is worth preserving.
There is a Spanish artist who has been working with our aboriginal weavers so they use their skills to recycle plastic into amazing art works. culture trip tells you all about it and the work of Alvaro Catalán de Ocon. Our weavers are improving our environment.
This is Karin’s version of Saori weaving. It is freeform weaving where you do as you please because you are a creative being with ideas. If you want an explanation which details the rationale then please read what curiousweaver has to say. Even if weaving is not your textile creative expression of choice, we are pretty sure you will like what you read.
Karin has been experimenting with her homespun yarn, colours and texture. This literally has been made from strands of fibre spun into yarn and then woven. The colours are lovely and the colour play across the piece is interesting. She has put that beautiful emerald green to good use again!
We have time at the moment. Use it to feed your idea of creativity and how you want to see things and the look you want them to have. Maria is someone in the group who has taught us that . Her experience gives her so many skills but she believes, above all else, you have fun , enjoy what you are doing and you get it the way you want it.
Would you wear a crochet face mask? It would be helpful indoors and outside in the cold. The lining is important to guard against infection and you can read Laura’s account here . It includes the research from Cambridge University about what fabric works the best. Crochet face masks would be quick and easy and so you would at least have something if you could not get anything better. But if they work, why not?
Marina made a lovely ice blue stress ball. That’s what we call them but the internet is right. They are anti stress balls. We might need some to deal with an ever changing world. Marina has made stress balls before. They are a good idea because they are short term , quick reward, you can use up your leftover bits of yarn for making and stuffing them. They are modest but oh so environmentally friendly. Hexagon ones are good because you can change colours if you want to as they have in the video.