Weaving magic at the Cooroy Butter Factory
  • Friday 15 May 2009

The Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy is presenting Woven Story, a Flying Arts weekend workshop with visiting textile artist Wanda Bennett on 30 and 31 May.

The workshop focuses on teaching the art of weaving in 3D allowing participants to use a range of materials including cane, fabric, natural fibres and handmade paper.

They will learn basic weaving skills and explore the use of colour, texture and text to create a woven 3D object – a memento of a particularly special time, place or personal story.

Presented by Flying Arts Inc, the workshop will be led by Wanda Bennett, a textile artist specialising in contemporary fibre weaving and wearable art.

Her work ranges from small functional objects to large-scale sculptures, installations and processional puppets, Flying Arts Program Coordinator Sarah Barron said.

“Wanda has studied, exhibited and worked on large-scale sculpture commissions in Australia and Europe and is currently based in the Mackay hinterland,” Ms Barron said.

“She has been teaching for more than ten years and is an experienced and well-liked tutor.”

Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Cr Jenny McKay is pleased to see Wanda back teaching on the Sunshine Coast.

“We’re delighted to welcome Wanda back to the Coast,” Cr McKay said.

“She ran a great workshop last year and I encourage people to book early to be sure of a place in Woven Story.”

The workshop costs $60 plus $10 for materials and bookings can be made by phoning Tricia Dobson on 5472 0222 or emailing tricia.dobson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au