Happiness as Anarchy #11: Indigenous Weaving

I feel very privileged to live on this ancient land, under the trees and stars. It’s Reconciliation Week this week and I was lucky enough to attend a weaving workshop today with Yorta Yorta artist Donna Blackall. She makes beautiful woven stuff (follow the link to see her amazing turtle) and teaches great workshops. After a terrible first attempt (which was so bad I had to undo it and start again) I managed to make a little basket out of New Zealand flax. I’m pretty happy with it! More than the object though, I enjoyed the experience – time slowed down, I talked with lovely strangers, learned to make something small and organic with my hands, and left feeling grounded and soothed.

Here’s my basket, made using a traditional weaving technique from Victoria:

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The perfect size for two reconciliation cupcakes:

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