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
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
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.