CASP project: West Women Weaving
Natural fibres and recycled materials were deftly woven 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.
“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.
Friends Of Oberon Library (FOOLs) have ran previous waste to art inspired workshops, including a sculpture welding workshop for women, also funded through CASP.
Seven arts projects across the Central West have been funded in 2016 through CASP.
Applications for 2017 funding will open May 30 and close July 28 (earlier closing dates than previous years). CASP is state government funding managed by Regional Arts NSW and assessed locally by Arts OutWest.
Sims Metal Management Waste to Art Exhibition Competition & Exhibition dates – Oberon
Venue: St Joseph’s Catholic School Hall, Fleming Street Oberon
Dates: Thursday 12 May, Friday 13 May 11am-4pm; Saturday 14 May, 10am-2pm.
Preview of art made from used tyres, ahead of exhibition, outside in St Joseph’s school grounds Wednesday 11 May, 11am-3pm.
Awards night and official opening Friday 13 May, 5.30pm
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.