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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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WeAve Parramatta Visit New Weave

Today Object hosted a group of 15 people from WeAve Parramatta for a workshop with New Weave artist Alana Clifton-Cunningham. The WeAve Parramatta group meet twice a month to discuss their arts practice and regularly visit exhibitions and artist talks of interest around Sydney. 

I gave the group a walk through of the New Weave exhibition and everyone listened with interest and enjoyed the different takes on traditional weaving processes presented in the exhibition. Bin Dixon-Ward’s 3D printed jewellery was the focus of much fascination for its beautiful colour gradations and sculptural forms.

Alana Clifton-Cunningham introduced the group to her practice and showed many of her sample books and pieces and then demonstrated her techniques on her 30 year old domestic knitting machine, before showing how she sculpts the knitted segments on a mannequin into body formations.

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