Last week, students in 7G, 7M and 7R enjoyed the privilege of working with Kuku Yalanji/Kalkadoon artist Kim Ah Sam, in a weaving workshop facilitated by the Museum of Brisbane. Kim is a multi-disciplinary artist working across printmaking, papermaking, and weaving, using traditional and repurposed materials in a contemporary context.
It was a pleasure watching Kim share her knowledge of traditional weaving techniques, while sitting in yarning circles with the girls around the lawn. This was an incredibly collaborative experience, which involved knowledge-sharing, a practice deeply embedded in First Nations communities across Australia. We are all the richer for the experience.
Kim was well supported by several experienced museum staff, who brought with them some of Kim’s woven artworks that are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Brisbane. This provided girls an opportunity to see the artworks up close and come to understand them from the perspective of the artist herself. Over the next few weeks, the girls will continue weaving during their Visual Art lessons.
Both Ms Eadie and I look forward to seeing the completed woven creations that will come from the workshop.
Mrs Vicki Williams
Visual Art Teacher