Participate in an intimate workshop with senior Aboriginal weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart and learn to weave a small object using natural fibres...

Weaving Workshop with Steven Russell & Phyllis Stuart

Location:

Seminar Room
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Woven work by Steven Russell & Phyllis Stewart, 2016

Event Details

Participate in an intimate workshop with senior Aboriginal weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart and learn to weave a small object using natural fibres collected on the artists’ country on the South Coast of New South Wales. As part of the MCA’s Conversation Starters weekend, Steven and Phyllis come together to share their knowledge and experiences surrounding weaving, collaboration and community.

These intimate 1-hour sessions invite you to form connections with others, learn a new skill and have a yarn.

“When black and white get together to weave, they’re weaving their souls into the object. They start yarning. By the end of the day they’re good mates.”
- Steven Russell

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About the artists
Steven Russell is a Bidjigal weaver, drawer and painter and is the son and great, great grandson of renowned La Perouse shell-workers Esme and Queen Emma Timbery. Steven has been weaving for thirteen years as well as making cultural tools, canoes, paintings and possum skin cloaks.

Phyllis Stewart is a painter, drawer, shellworker and weaver with connections to La Perouse, Armidale, Wallaga Lakes, the south coast of New South Wales and the Dharawal, Yuin nations. Her abilities as a master weaver are testament to her early experiences observing and assisting family members in weaving and harvesting fibres.

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Sensory friendly - Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, along with their friends, carers and families.