Beacon Workshop

Deco Arts Eco Dyeing Textile Workshop


Last Wednesday the 11th and Thursday the 12th of May saw Beacon have the rare opportunity for the Wheatbelt Health Network Deco Arts Project (funded by Department of Social Services on a 12-month project basis) select Beacon to be one of ten Wheatbelt rural community towns to host an Inclusive Art Workshop.


The Artist was Kathryn Smith from Darlington, she is an experienced costume maker, seamstress and Eco Dyeing Artist, using natural fibres such as wool, cotton, silks, and fabrics alike. Where she also combines natures elements of leaves and florals to create prints, natural dyes, and artwork.


There were 6 participants, who came from around the Beacon region, and all had an interest to grow their newly developed skills in Eco Dyeing. The two-day workshop allowed the ladies to be involved with the whole process and understand the key elements to this art medium.


Kathryn also extended a rare opportunity to go to the Beacon School and allow the kids a simplified version of the Eco Dyeing process on Tuesday and later returning on Friday to do the reveal of the items the children had made.


Kathryn said, “seeing the reveal of what people have made is the best part, it’s so therapeutic to do and watch”.


The Deco Arts Project is based in the Wheatbelt Health Network in Northam as a key project to the Allied health, Primary health and Core Health streams they already provide. As a not-for-profit organisation, it is a key passion for the WHN board to deliver human connected type programs.


The Deco Arts Workshops are all about bringing people together who may have been isolated, people with capabilities and disabilities, people who have suffered from mental illnesses, people who are culturally or linguistically isolated. It is about coming together to learn a new art medium that can be transformed into a business or new hobby that keeps that connectedness alive and provides like minded people in the area.


This project will be producing a Deco Arts Book, that will be distributed over the Wheatbelt to tell the stories, statistics, and the journey this project took. The Deco Arts team will also be doing an Exhibitions tour in ten different Wheatbelt towns.


As the Project Manager, I wish to thank the Beacon community, Mt Marshall Shire, Beacon CRC & the Beacon P & C for their warmth, openness, and willingness to help us throughout the workshop week and taking such great care for us all. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Beacon.


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