Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WARM – a community textile art project

The WARM CommunityTextile Art Project is currently running across Rural Victoria, with workshops  held in Ballarat and Daylesford before continuing on to Ararat, Dunkeld, Geelong and Sale.
The project is run by SEAM Inc, a new art and environment enterprise based in Ballarat that aims to create events connecting people to issues of sustainability via art. Encouraging people to stay Warm with wool rather than burning fossil fuels. Workshops participants have created patterns including native flowers, gum trees and leaves, squares that can be sewn into blankets and wind turbines. The pieces will eventually contribute to a large-scale image of a landscape regenerated after the closure of a coal mine. A picture that has been designed by local Ballarat artist Lars Stenberg.

A workshop as part of this project will be held at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Thursday 5 July 2016: A children's school holiday workshop (ages 8-16) from 10.30am-12.30pm and general public workshop from 1.30pm-4pm.
If you are in the area, come along and join in.  

If you are unable to attend the workshops and would like to contribute to this project information is available here. Patterns can be found here.   
The project outcome will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ballarat  September 3 to 25 2016.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Like all other communities across Australia and New Zealand today, people came together to remember all of those who served in Wars.
My Father was a Returned Service Man having been enlisted in the Second World War. Anzac Day has always been an important day in our family as two of my Fathers brothers also served. But they were amongst the lucky ones who returned home.   

Friday, April 22, 2016


A magnificent, ancient River Red gum that still stands proud at what was once my childhood home.

I lived in a house opposite this tree from birth to almost 16 years of age. Last week I drove past the property, it is dry and dusty, and they were feeding the sheep. The end of April is lambing season. Tender shoots of new green grass in my years there, would be by now covering the paddocks and each morning on my way to school we would count the new born lambs and look for groups of twins. The mornings then were cold and often the first frosts would cover the ground in a blanket of white. Sadly there is only dust on the paddocks at present. Yesterdays temperature was 20.7C 
Today leaders from 160 countries will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016. But are we really doing enough?
In a consumer driven world, leaders are not encouraging buying less. We really all need to address how we treat the earth, and do more to help change the future.

Recommendations are 
  1. Walk to work, cycle or take public transport
  2. Use a reusable coffee cup
  3. Make sure you recycle
  4. Go paperless
  5. Take a tote bag to the shop
  6. Plant a tree
  7. Go meat or dairy free at least once a week
  8. Carry a reusable water bottle
  9. Buy local produce
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