Loops and Knots is a series of four free weaving workshops for young people aged 15-18 years, led by artists from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pacific cultural backgrounds. In each workshop, students are taught techniques over the course of the day and are guided to produce a woven object.
At the end of the series of workshops, participants are invited to return to the IMA with their families to present their work and share cultural traditions in a public community celebration.
The free workshops include lunch and materials are provided. Travel subsidies are available for students’ transport to and from the workshop. To enquire about a subsidy contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a place register via Eventbrite here.
About this Workshop:
Artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau will introduce participants to a cross-cultural plaiting technique found across the Pacific, including Samoa, Tonga and Aotearoa New Zealand. Apply this technique to create a 4-strand plait using florist ribbon.
Maryann Talia Pau’s weaving practice is based on exchange and collaboration. Born in Samoa and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, she is a maker of ‘Pasifika bling’ and co-founder of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle. In 2012 she founded the One Million Stars to End Violence project, an international weaving project inviting the public to weave one million stars as symbols of light and peace. The resulting installation was presented by the Museum of Brisbane in King George Square during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government.