Janet will take you on a weaving journey of connection and seeing the evidence of this connection through your woven pieces. Get inspired by her use of recycled materials for your circular weavings and talk about how you have been surviving iso.
We'd like our Weaving Circles to be accessible for everyone and knowing many individuals and families have been struggling financially due to COVID-19, we rely on the kindness and generosity of others to include those in need. Thank you for looking after them.
Hi, I'm the Creative Producer of the exciting Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee project and I really look forward to seeing lots and lots of circular woven meeting places pop up and decorate public spaces all over the country and the world!
Imagine seeing your own and others' woven creations on windows overlooking streets, off high-rise balconies, attached to trees in the park, on park benches, light posts, etc. It will be as if the stars have descended upon the earth to light up these anxious and insecure times!
Over time, we will all feel that wonderful sense of connection and community we yearn for as humans.
I'm thrilled about the diversity our fabulous First Nations weavers have to offer, and each one of them will give you their own unique cultural experience you will remember.
Share your creations on our Instagram page and tag #wayapawarr to form a virtual tapestry of our connection.
Get your friends, family, sports club involved and help us make this project go viral to counteract COVID-19 with positivity, joy & laughter.
A special thanks to the City of Melbourne for supporting us with their COVID-19 Arts Grant and the Surf Coast Shire's Small Grant.
Lorraine has been guided by ancestral memory and teachings of aunties for her art and weaving. To her, weaving circles are like a big hug and group meditation where you can get together, do something with your hands and enjoy the space.
What are protocols? Protocols are appropriate ways of interacting with Indigenous artists and Indigenous communities and using Indigenous cultural material. They encourage ethical conduct and promote interaction based on good faith and mutual respect. Responsible use of Indigenous cultural knowledge and expression will ensure that Indigenous cultures are maintained and protected so they can be passed on to future generations.
Indigenous protocols arise from value systems and cultural principles developed within and across communities over time. Agreeing to comply with the accepted protocols of other cultural groups promotes interaction based on good faith and mutual respect, thus encouraging ethical conduct.- Australia Council for the Arts
Respect -The rights of Indigenous people to own and control their heritage, including Indigenous images, designs, stories and other cultural expressions such as weaving, should be respected.
Indigenous control -Indigenous people have the right to self-determination in their cultural affairs and the expression of their cultural material.
Using Indigenous cultural material Styles and imagery The Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts board statement on visual arts encourages Indigenous artists to examine their own styles of art, rather than copying the styles or images from other regional groups. Certain styles of ceremonial painting originate from particular regions. For instance, rarkk (cross-hatching) is recognised as art from Arnhem Land, and has origins as ceremonial art. Arnhem Land artists find it offensive to see their ceremonial styles copied by other Indigenous artists, or non-Indigenous artists, with no attachment or belonging to these styles. It is also offensive to copy images of creation beings such as Wandjinas and Mimis without proper claim under Indigenous laws. Indigenous artists are encouraged to develop their own distinctive artistic expressions and draw on their particular cultural heritage.