The Tweed River Festival is being celebrated this Saturday in my local town, Murwillumbah. The theme for this year's festival is "Birds of the Tweed Shire".
Christy Mcleod from Creative Village invited me to help create an activity on the day. Anne Stadler, a master weaver, will be joining us.
Visitors will be able to make birds with paperbark and string. Make cordage from the trunk of the banana and there will be a giant nest for the children (of all ages) to play with. There will also be lots of food, music and other activities to enjoy, including a lantern parade just after dark.
1. Banana plant with a good bunch. 2. Harvested and stripped banana drying in the sun. 3. Dried banana strips ready for use.
I've been busy preparing and collating materials. Making birds and fruitbats and the giant nest is taking shape. It's predominantly made from, you guessed it........ banana!
where, C = collecting, T = tinkering, P = preciousness.
This formula was part of my artist statement for The Entropy Collection exhibition I had early this year. I was both surprised and thrilled the curator let me use it. It was stuck up on the wall in huge letters. Ha!
I haven't posted many photos of the exhibition because I felt a bit tired of it after working on it for so long last year. The thing is to put it away and then return to it with a fresh eye and mind. Gooseflesh is where I do my archiving ...... a place to record and store what I make and exhibit etc.. It's good to have one central place where there's a timeline. Here are some shots from my photo files.
The Osedax Collection, 2012
cotton and glass vials
10 x 2.5 x 2.5cm (x30)
These were all sold, except for the first one on the left, which was stolen. I thought that was rather funny but the gallery staff thought it appalling and were very apologetic.
They were stuck to the shelf with museum-grade glue.
It think they want to escape.
The one on the left is the one that was stolen!
Another image of The Entropy Collection in it's entirety.
Osedax is a genus of worms, also called the bone eating snot flowers. It lives on the ocean floor and eats the fat inside the bones of whale carcasses. It was first discovered in 2002 at a depth of nearly 3,000m (Mt.Everest is 8,848m). See the full story here.
The first couple of hours of my day are spent on the deck making stuff and drinking tea. If I get hungry I reach out and grab a banana!
They taste like real bananas should. Of course, I have to share them with possums and fruitbats. If I need some material to weave or make string I have a ready and plentiful supply.
A grass nest, some tools and tinkerings. My property used to be a pasture and watering hole for cattle, so there's no shortage of grass for me to use or for Hariette to chew. It grows to 2m and has wallaby tracks through it. Slowly, slowly we are eliminating the grass and replacing it with wetland plants and rainforest trees.
The trug with banana pith (excellent for string making), emu feathers and tools. Thatching I made from Miscanthus zebrinus prunings and toes.
More materials and experiments.
and a teeny nest found by Noah a couple of days ago.
Time for tea or maybe a banana smoothie.
*Disclaimer: These photos were taken with my laptop. Not easy trying to frame photos with a laptop, hence the toes.