Wagin Workshop

WAGIN WORKSHOP – ABORIGINAL ART

22nd & 23rd March 2022

Esteemed Aboriginal Artist Robyn Davis based in Northam got the opportunity to present to the Wagin community her talents and gifts.

22 Wagin participants had the opportunity to work and learn with Robyn over the two day workshop.

The story of the “Kangaroo in the sky” was a story told by Robyn and all she has learnt in her research of her Noongar Culture, she said that different areas all have different ways of telling the story and she encouraged everyone to speak with their elders and learn more about the stories down here in the Wagin area. Sharing knowledge and information to the younger and wiser generation of Wagin, was a special task that Robyn did with respect and admiration for her culture and the land she presented on.

Meeting on Ballardong/Willman country was special for all involved – learning stories, knowledge and sharing experiences was such a special workshop.

The participants all got to make a very detailed Kangaroo each, where they had to get the pattern, cut out each piece and then construct the teddy in a very detailed, step by step way. Robyn guided everyone through each step and was instrumental to the finer details of sewing parts together. This process took such a long time to ensure everyone was at the same level, so each person could finish their project in the two days. The kids & participants enjoyed it so much, that they all stayed an additional 2.5 hours to get things finished on the first day.

Day two saw the finalising of the colourful Kangaroos and all the beautiful creations side by side.

The second element of the workshop was to paint a Kangaroo in the sky, this was all about how Aboriginal people see the night sky and how their interpretation of Astronomy works, it was fascinating to learn this about the night sky and how to identify the images in the night sky. Robyn was able to demonstrate with a Planisphere that had been created for the Yuet country, and hopefully in time there will be one made for all the different areas of WA.

The skill, conversations, connections and effort that was put into this workshop was exceptional, everyone enjoyed it so much, that the buzz of the workshop continues to grow in further conversations and interest.

There were so many open conversations around what’s happening in our world currently, with mental health well being, COVID, Wagin as a community, new ideas for young and older people and about how we can all do our part to ensure we bring happiness to our own lives and those of others.

We would like to thank Robyn Davis, for one of our most treasured workshops to date, this one had a huge element of culture, love and learning involved and everyone walked away from the experience richer in heart and mindset,

To the Wagin CommuniTEA Hub – for an exceptional space venue, it had everything, from space, comfort, amenities, kitchen facilities, privacy, security, ease of access, disability access, calm spaces, activity based areas, COVID regulations safe and an overall wonderful space to be submersed in for two days.

Finally thankyou to our participants & Wagin DHS for allowing such creative souls to come and enjoy this unique experience , but for the level of respect, engagement and enthusiasm everyone showed towards the two days. It was heart warming to see everyones enjoyment levels so high, this has concreted the impact of this project.

We look forward to our next workshop in Toodyay – Mosaic Art with Di Granger on Wednesday 6th & Thurdsay 7th of April 2022 – 10am – 3pm.

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