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:


The perfect size for two reconciliation cupcakes:


By Amie Brûlée

Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.

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