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Keen artisans and handcraft enthusiasts-wannabes are expected to flock to the Sydney Opera House this weekend to participate in a trio of Indigenous weaving classes and connect to country, as part of the music and culture event Homeground.
NITV Staff Writer

18 Nov 2015 - 3:22 PM  UPDATED 18 Nov 2015 - 4:56 PM

The ancient art of weaving has been used as an Indigenous method to create food tools, baskets, fishing nets and skin cloaks for warmth for centuries.

Over the years, weaving has also been used for ceremonial purposes to produce items like traditional headgear.

But the art is not lost. In fact, it is very much alive and well, being practised throughout Australia in rural and city communities alike.

This weekend, the simplicity of woven works and the intricate Indigenous art of weaving will be the focus of an Indigenous music and culture festival, Homeground at Sydney Opera House.

Sydneysiders and budding culture vultures from around the country are expected to flock to the iconic destination to participate in a series of workshops led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weaving experts.

People of all ages, cultures and ‘artistic abilities’ will learn how to create an en-vogue hanging basket; a woven animal; a traditional head, arm, leg or waist band; and more.

Participants will also learn about the stories behind weaving techniques, from those involving recycled products to the connection between the plant-based art form and environmental resource management.


Sat 21 & Sun 22 November
10.30am & 1.30pm
Suitable for All Ages

When you weave, you have an instant connection to country. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic techniques of weaving from Renowned Aboriginal weaver, Dolly Jerome. Dolly is based in the New England area of northern NSW.

For Dolly, weaving is a combination of art, culture and natural resource management, in this workshop she shows participants how to strip the plant or weed, process, gather, turn into string and ultimately create a traditional head, arm, leg or waist band.



Sat 21 & Sun 22 November
11.30 and 2.30pm
Suitable for All Ages

Originally from Nunga country, Deb Williams has exhibited canvas sand sculptural work in a number of group and solo exhibitions. Her recent work focuses on textile and traditional materials through weaving. Her history of working in the public service and policy sector have cemented a strong interest in social justice and working with young people.

In this workshop, adults and children can learn how to weave with reclaimed materials and grass fibres to make a wall hanging, basket, or animal that you can take home!



Sat 21 & Sun 22 November
11am & 2pm

Suitable for All Ages

Karleen is one of NSW most respected weavers, having a 15 year history of delivering basket weaving workshops across schools, especially on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Karleen is a member of the Bundjalung nation and has worked extensively in Aboriginal Community groups, not for profit organisations and the corporate sector including PepsiCo Australia. Her position at Vibe Australia saw her working across a number of areas including the annual Deadly Awards, Deadly Sounds National Radio show and varying corporate events.