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‘Weaving Women of the West’ project in Oberon funded by CASP grant

Natural fibres and recycled materials were deftly woven together by eager hands at a workshop in Oberon. The ‘Weaving Women of the West’ workshop on Saturday May 7 was funded through the Country Arts Support Program (CASP), the state government’s small grants program for local projects, and organised by the Friends of the Oberon Library.

Renowned sculptor and fibre artist Harriet Goodall, who specialises in woven objects using a mix of natural and reused materials, led the busy one-day workshop, focusing on her ‘random weaving’ style. Goodall is based in the Southern Tablelands.

“I enjoyed the fact that it was waste to art and we could be creative in a different way,” said one participant, Mikaela, who incorporated a striking mix of metal and solid areas alongside natural raffia in her work.

The participants each brought in materials from home to share: fabric, wool, wire, twine, plastic, feathers, leaves, vines and even horse hair. They incorporated these into structures made of raffia, rattan and other natural materials. They chose emu feathers or fluro cable ties, twists of patterned fabric or layers of paper bark to give their structures a ‘final flourish’.

Many of the works will now go on show at the Oberon Waste to Art competition and exhibition which runs May 12-14.

“I hope these works get lots of oohs and ahhs in the exhibition,” Harriet Goodall said.

Sims Metal Management Waste to Art Exhibition Competition and Exhibition dates – Oberon

Sims Metal Management Waste to Art Exhibition in Oberon:

Waste to art exhibitions are held right across the region. The regional exhibition of the very best pieces will be held this year in Condobolin.

Story originally published on the Arts OutWest website.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts boards on behalf of the NSW Government.