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Weaving Stories

More New Weave artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey stories from when we visited WeAve Parramatta last week. Sitting around a table with women from so many different cultural backgrounds, together we listened to Lorraine share her stories so openly and encourage the weavers’ creativity.

Lorraine spoke about her mixed heritage and how she is keen to embrace both her Scottish and Aboriginal blood in her artwork. She spoke about how unusual it was for an Aboriginal woman of her generation to finish year 12 and how this gave her a start in life and a wonderful appreciation for life long learning. 


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Acclaimed Indigenous weaver Yvonne Koolmatrie was instrumental in Lorraine’s introduction to weaving. At a workshop conducted by Yvonne in 1995, with Lorraine making cups of tea and serving lunch, she had a go at weaving in mid-air (because there were no chairs available) she started with 12 strands instead of the six Yvonne recommended and wove a tight basket standing up – Yvonne was taken aback when she saw it and declared that Lorraine was the weaver in the group! Lorraine hasn’t touched traditional fibres since – preferring instead to scavenge, glean or womble through the rubbish at the tip to make her incredible woven forms.

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