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BGGW & Creative Ageing Community Workshop Series

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We are ending 2014 in a creative flourish! and offering a suite of community workshops in weaving, bush dyeing and field recording which are oriented around the iconic ‘Box Gum Grassy Woodlands’ (BGGW) habitat, which is local to our region.   This residency and workshop series is part of a partnership with Cootamundra Arts Centre and Cootamundra Shire Council, which is primarily supported by an ‘Artist in Residence Grant’ from the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund managed by Museums and Galleries of NSW.
We are also excited to confirm that ‘Creative Ageing’ funds from Local Government NSW and the Office for Ageing, Family and Community Services will  support up to 30 free community workshop places for Cootamundra LGA residents over the age of 55.
Workshop details are listed below. Enrolments can be made HERE.

HARRIET GOODALL - Random weave basketry and Ancient Twist workshops

Harriet is originally from Young NSW, a neighbouring town of Cootamundra. These workshops will utilise fibres and materials sourced from the local BGGW habitat.

RANDOM WEAVE Friday December 5th, 9.30am – 3.30pm 
Creative Ageing  participants – FREE to Cootamundra LGA residents over the age of 55
Cordage and Random Weaving with foraged materials

RANDOM WEAVE, Saturday December 6th, 9.30am  – 3.30pm 
Open to all -  Cordage and  Random Weaving with foraged materials
$200 per person, includes materials, morning & afternoon tea, BYO lunch or purchase from one of 2 cafes in the Arts Centre Precinct.

In these workshops, Harriet helps attendees explore the contemporary sculptural basketry technique of random weaving and learn which plant fibres are suitable for weaving. The workshop format embraces the ancient magic of sitting in a circle, and creating something wonderful using our hands. By the end of the workshop, attendees leave with a sculptural nest-like basket, and an understanding of how to extend their weaving.

Harriet will provide class notes on collecting, drying, preparing, weaving and storage of natural materials, including a comprehensive list of  plants which can be harvested for making baskets. Attendees are encouraged to bring things from their local environs and recycling is encouraged.
ANCIENT TWIST, Sunday December 7th, 9.30am  – 12.30pm 
Ancient Twist – Knotless netting (cordage/string bag making) and Aboriginal coiling techniques.
$105 per person,
Creative Ageing  – 6  free places reserved for Cootamundra LGA residents over the age of 55

Harriet will introduce the ancient techniques of knotless netting and coiled basketry and you will choose from hand-dyed raffia, local grasses, yarns and strings in a variety of colours to start work on two beautiful unique vessels.  All notes and materials will be provided.


Harriett is a sculptural basket maker exploring the intersection of craft, art and design. She receives commissions form around the world for her work and has presented her weaving workshops to a range of participants in venues from around Australia and in the USA.

“…. My creations reference both the ephemeral beauty of nature; feathers, pods, cocoons, bones, nests, quills and the detritus of industrial manufacturing; rusted corrugated iron, furniture, machinery, wire.  Inspiration comes from the delicate tonal colour changes in the Australian landscape and the form and patina of the materials available in the season or place. The practice of weaving is meditative, drawing from the timelessness of ancient knowledge and women making remarkable functional objects without tools. In my workshops, people learn which plants from their surroundings are suitable to collect and prepare and how to weave them into a sculptural random weave basket…” https://harrietgoodall.com/




Bush Dyeing workshop

Over 1.5 days Jemima will introduce bush dyeing techniques using plant matter derived from BGGW environs. Working with silk and wool (protein fibres) participants will learn to dye with vivid dyes obtained from locally found plants. Using traditional Japanese Shibori resist dyeing techniques participants will create their own beautiful bush dyed scarf and sample pieces for further exploration/embellishment.

BUSH DYEING, Thursday 11th December, 10am-4pm

Friday 12th December, 10am – 2pm ‘Creative Ageing’ – 8 free places reserved for Cootamundra LGA residents over the age of 55. 4 ‘open’ paid places available $105 per person

Jemima Saunders


Jemima is a textile artist and printmaker currently working primarily with natural dyes (bush dyes) on wool. Born in Tumut Jemima studied Fine Arts in Wagga, Graphic Design in Melbourne and Art teaching in Darwin. She has exhibited in group shows in Wagga Wagga Tumut, and Melbourne.

Her range of bush dyed clothing combines traditional Japanese resist techniques, natural dyes and contemporary woven Merino wools and can be seen at markets and shows in NSW and VIC throughout the year, in selected galleries and in her etsy shop My Liefie. Jemima presently resides in Tumut with her young family, teaching Art part time whilst creating her own works. https://www.etsy.com/au/people/MyLiefie#


field recording 
DAVID BURRASTON & SARAH LAST, Field Recording workshops
Audio field recording is a wonderful way to engage and be present with a natural habitat and document its ‘acoustic ecology’. Burraston and Last have been documenting their BGGW surrounds for many years now, and like many sound artists have been utilising this documentation for creative outcomes, such as this collaboration with Chris Watson was released to mark World Listening Day and National Tree Day in 2013.

‘Acoustic Ecology’ has many art and science applications. It is also referred to as ‘ecoacoustics’, ‘soundscape studies’ and ‘sonic sociology’, it is a discipline that utilises sound to study of the relationship between acoustics, ecology, living beings and the environment. If you want to learn how to listen and record the local habitat or a particular species such as birds this workshop is for you.

Starting with an introductory workshop, participants will learn about different recording techniques and technologies, and experiment with field recording. From here we will schedule some dawn and evening chorus recording sessions with participants, along with a follow up workshop in mid January where we will discuss editing and composition techniques. Due to the outdoor location of these workshops their scheduling during the height of Summer, when we do the follow up field trips will be based on favourable environmental conditions and what will suit the majority of the participants.

Saturday 13th December, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Workshops are FREE, Bookings necessary

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Sarah and David are the founding members of The Wired Lab. Brief biographies can be found here:

Since The Wired Lab’s inception in 2007 it has grown to service the national art sector, artist development and the Riverina community. This workshop series heralds the commencement of a long term project focussed on documenting the acoustic ecology of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands, a habitat endemic to the Cootamundra region that is critically endangered on state and federal conservation registers.

“… the range of these woodlands once extended across much of south-eastern Australia… Now, less than five percent of the original extent of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands remains in good condition. What remains exists in small isolated patches across a highly fragmented landscape”
(Rawlins, 2010)


All the community workshops include materials, morning & afternoon tea,
BYO lunch or purchase from 1 of 2 cafes in the Arts Centre Precinct.

Places are limited for each of the workshop and enrolments must be made to claim your place. Enrolments are taken on a ‘1st in’ basis. Workshops requiring payment have a strict cancellation policy