Learn how to weave environmentally friendly Cats Claw Baskets
This workshop is designed to introduce your mind and muscles to weaving with natural fibres. Whilst there are endless joys in the process, the outcome is also fun!
At this workshop you will create and take away practical objects that can be used in daily life. Objects that inevitably inspire more joy, knowing they came from your hands and from materials that you can find in many backyards in the Gympie region.
One of the primary fibres used in this workshops is cat’s claw, an invasive climbing vine that devastates native vegetation when left alone. By repurposing these troublesome but beautiful weeds, weaving also becomes a sustainable practice – a chance to give back to the forests. You might take home a little basket with which to collect eggs or hold letters, but success in sustainable weaving is also about what you’ve left behind. A tree able to flourish. A flower able to bud.
What you need to bring:
The workshop will include all other materials and equipment needed. Basic lunch will be provided but please bring your own water bottle, a small snack if needed and a positive attitude. At the end of a fun and interactive workshop you will have learnt about the invasive cats claw vine as well as having created a lovely handmade basket to take home.
About Your Presenter: Tani Crotty – Just Two Hands
Weaving is where Tani finds her breath in the business of life. Tani has been weaving for 10 years after first being taught by her mother.
Tani stated “It was my mother’s love of craft, leaves underfoot and creating in outdoor spaces that kick started my own love affair with basketry and natural fibres. I am endlessly passionate about handmade products that come from the Earth and delight in our ability to do it with just our hands – it’s the slow, tactile and mindful nature of weaving that captivates me. ”
“I believe weaving is a conversation; between the weaver’s hands and the fibres as they twist, but also a conversation with the environment. And all good conversations both give and receive. The future of environmental conservation lies in our ability to share sustainable ideas and practices together.”
Note: This workshop is unsuitable for children under the age of 15 years due to technical aspects.
Unfortunately, those who attend on the day with children under 15 will be turned away. We’d prefer to avoid having that awkward conversation with you, so please ensure to make alternative arrangements for your children. Additionally no refunds are provided if participants show up with children under 15.
If you have a child between the ages of 15-17 who would like to attend, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and both participants must purchase a ticket. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you are still able to join us for this wonderful workshop!
Saturday 15th February 2020, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Pie Creek, Gympie (Full address will be provided upon registration and payment)
How to Register:
To find out pricing and how to register for our Cats Claw Basket Weaving Workshop, please click here.