Workshop: Ghost Net Weaving with Vera Lalara & Elsie Bara

Event Opens:   August 25, 2018

Event Closes:   August 25, 2018

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Location:  Provenance Arts 55 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park, Northern Territory, Australia 0820

Event Details:

Lost and forgotten fisherman’s netting, known as ‘Ghost Nets’, are a major environmental threat to sea life throughout the world. Large amounts of these nets are found and removed from the beaches of Groote Eylandt in East Arnhem Land by the Anindilyakwa sea rangers on Groote Eylandt. Often these nets are entrapped endangered animals, dead and alive.

Anindilyakwa women have been preventing these nets from becoming landfill, making them into artwork using bush dyed and recycled fabric, to utilize this environmental threat in a creative way and also to share the story of this problem in a positive and creative fashion.

Sit together with master weavers Vera Lalara and Elsie Barra to hear more about this story and learn to make your own ghost net basket from bush dyed fabric and ghost nets collected by the Anindilyakwa Sea Rangers.

Bookings are required, $85 per person. All materials supplied, however, participants are invited to bring a special piece of pre-loved fabric or clothing to share and weave with.

About the Artists:

Elsie is a weaver and Bush Dye artist who lives with her family at 4-Mile outstation. She enjoys making art with her family.

Vera Lalara lives at 4 Mile Outstation with her partner and children. Vera is teaching herself her practice with the assistance of her family and partner. She works now across the mediums of weaving, carving, bush dyeing and painting.