Sun, 10 Nov | Opendrawer

Bush Animals

Create a colourful animal sculpture from hay and wool in this one-day workshop (all materials provided)
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Bush Animals

Time & Location

10 Nov 2019, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Opendrawer, 248 Highfield Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia

About This Workshop

Hand-build with wool and hay to create a colourful, sculptural animal. The simplicity of wrapping wool around hay requires no tools and great results can be achieved with just a sense of fun and imagination.

In this workshop you will be guided in making two bush animals. Hay becomes malleable when it is tightly wrapped and the best way to learn is through experience. Initially you will learn the basic techniques by making a small kangaroo. Followed by the opportunity to develop your shaping and wrapping skills as you create an animal of your choice.

Materials are provided however participants are welcome to bring any favourite wools for finishing.

The method of making a ‘bush toy’ is an indigenous art form which is championed by the Tjanpi Weavers of the central desert. My teacher is Gunditjmara fibre artist Bronwyn Razem, who has given me permission to teach and share this art form.

Please note: Hay can be dusty. If the weather permits we will conduct this workshop outside, but if rain forces us inside, this may not be suitable for those with respiratory conditions.

Date: Sunday 10 November, 2019

Time:10am to 3:30pm

Class fee: $175

Materials fee: $20 to cover the cost of materials, payable to the tutor on the day

What to bring:

  • Pen/pencil notebook
  • Any colourful wool you may have (optional)

Tutor details: Caroline Hawkins

Caroline's practice encompasses creating sculptural fibre art, basketweaving, researching, learning and developing global cultural weaving practices and techniques. Originally trained at Ravensbourne Art College, London in 3D design, she has been working in arts and crafts for the last 25 years, creating art work, holding workshops and working as a community artist. A Diploma in Sustainability has further informed the integration of sustainability practices within her art, not only in materials and methods chosen, but in developing themes such as awareness raising of endangered species.

Picture credit: Caroline Hawkins

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