Spinners and Weavers workshop, DESIGN Canberra 2020. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
Spinners and Weavers workshop, DESIGN Canberra 2020. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
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Weaving Circle

with Spinners and Weavers

In this workshop, participants will learn how to weave and will create a small weaving to keep or to gift to someone they care about. The workshop will begin with a tutorial on how to begin a weaving while outlining different styles and techniques that could be used to make each weaving individual. Once everyone is weaving and underway, the instructors will invite participants to engage in a discussion about weaving and its relationships to acts of care in many different forms. All materials will be provided on the day including a pre-warped take home loom and a handout with the different weaving techniques outlined through the workshop.

Textiles have long been associated with acts of care and nurture. There is the act of care in making something for someone you love or for self-care taking time to be mindful and investing in your skills, broadening your knowledge. Craft circles are a place that provide care to new and existing friendships and discussion. Weaving circles are where people share thoughts and experiences are honoured and prioritised as an opportunity for growth, healing and community connection. A safe space for you to be who you are, in every moment, without judgement. A place where all people are welcome, there are no ‘beginners’ or ‘masters’ there is only deepening in connection, hanging out and having fun.

We will also discuss the larger impacts of textile production globally on the environment, the people who make them and how we can make active choices in our materiel choices and consumption.

This workshop is perfect for beginners and all materials are provided.

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.