Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Madness


 'Mad as a March Hare" ... so the saying goes - describing the  excitable behaviour of hares in March.
I must admit I am feeling a little "hare-brained" this month with so much happening.
The first big March event was the culmination of 'Spreading Wings' the community art project I coordinated for International Women's Day. The concept was to work collaboratively to create a fibre sculpture in a series of free textile art workshops. Eight workshops were held and over thirty people participated, learning textile art techniques and contributing to the sculpture. The unveiling was held on the eve of International Women's Day. The following photos tell a little of the story...
Sculpture framework -  the beginning... 
Workshop Preparation 
Happy workshop participant 
Busy workshop participants

The "unveiling" : Happy International Women's Day!

Then the next day off to Hervey Bay, Queensland to lead a Wise Woman workshop. What a keen and talented group of doll makers and welcoming hosts,  so it wasn't all work 
Wise Woman workshop in Hervey Bay. 
Wise Women Works in Progress 
Sightseeing in Hervey Bay with my generous host
Postscript: The bird sculpture was named Adelina ( Spanish name meaning 'noble and winged') and was auctioned with the successful bid being announced this week.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to support the work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo who is a spiritual leader and teacher of young Buddhist women.  (Learn  more about her life in the biography and film, Cave in the Snow). 
Thanks to all contributors to the project which in turn will help so many more women in less favourable circumstances than ours. 
The project was sponsored by Timeless Textiles and Newcastle City Council with support from the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland, Huntington Estate Wines and LamboArt. 

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