Following on from the success of our first ‘Winter-Knits 2019’ event, we are calling for expressions of interest for this year’s winter season. As was the process last year, individuals and groups wishing to participate need to negotiate their tree or street furniture for decorating with Carmel (details below). No-one will miss out…there are many more trees extending further along Inglis Street! Time to go for a walk and select your spot! KEY DATES:
16th February (Sunday) – sharing session at RSL 11am – 2pm
30th – 31th May (weekend) – Installation weekend (may change)
When planning your work please ensure that installations are secure and will endure 3 months of rain, wind, and associated challenges. Any that come unstuck and can’t be fixed, will be removed.
APRIL - UPDATE OF INFORMATION as a result of COVID - 19
WANTED – Anyone willing to learn a new skill or utilise existing skills to enliven our streetscape with colour and conversation, when current challenges with COVID19 allow us to meet again. No experience necessary – you can go on you tube and follow instructions. Our first successful yarn bombing in Ballan took place last year. Plans for the coming winter (and if not this winter then next) are still happening. We currently have a supply of bright coloured acrylic yarn for sharing. If you would like to have a go at knitting squares, make flowers or leaves, little critters, birds and animals, please let us know and materials can be dropped off at your doorstep. When returned these items will be sewn into larger works to decorate our streetscape. If needed further support will be provided through social media; regular communication will happen to ensure we all stay connected, look out for each other, and share our works in progress.
Streetscape Co-ordinator / Communications – Carmel Hunter – firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 0407506621 (please make contact via email or txt only – leave name, email and phone no.)
MAGNET Artist Dinners (held on the first Wednesday of each month) have been put on hold til post COVID19.
Kevin, Sarah and Michael fitting shelves into the container, which has been donated to Wombat for storage by Paul Tatchell.
OUR DEAR SARAH.... Passed away 16th September 2019
Sarah Peckham made the world a better place. Our community is diminished by her death. Sarah was an artist who drew and painted as easily as she breathed. She worked her magic in many mediums – wood, metal, wire, glass and stone. Sarah was a maker. She made objects that were useful, beautiful, and made from what was to hand. And as she was an artist, so she was a teacher. She found what to do, how to inspire, from the things around her. For Sarah’s students there were no errors, only opportunities to find creative solutions and make unique objects, ideas and experiences. Oh, that’s interesting was a frequent comment on a spill of paint across a page or a not quite right angle on the table. Sarah’s moral compass pointed directly to respect and her social compass to inclusivity. Everyone was welcome at her workshops, at Magnet Dinners, at Wombat Arts Meetings. She wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience creating, doing, making because she knew just how much fun it could be.
Sarah’s energy, drive, humour, and talents have been lost to us. Some people really are irreplaceable. Margaret Healey
WOMBAT proposed projects for the latter part of 2020:
Mosaic memorial garden piece for Sarah
Wombat storage container – still in progress
Speakers and Workshops at Moorabool Reservoir – further details via email from our Secretary Kevin Healey as the year unfolds.
The Pottery Group is taking a break until further notice. When we resume sessions are Tuesday & Saturday: 1.00 - 3.00pm Located at Gordon Public Park Hall (Tennis courts) From beginners to experts - everyone is welcome to join us for both wheel and handcraft pottery. $5/week plus the cost of clay and firing.