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‘Wild Weaving’ Workshops
Jenine Godwin-Thompson, beside her artwork ‘Emu Nesting’, 2022.

‘Wild Weaving’ Workshops

A Wild Weaving workshop will be held at the Elliot Centre, at the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 April, running from 2-4.30pm. The cost of the workshop is $75 ($70 for Friends Members and RBGV staff). If interested in taking part, please book in through this link.

The Cranbourne Friends are delighted to host this special weaving workshop, facilitated by Aboriginal artist, Dr Jenine Godwin-Thompson, a Yaggerah woman from Meeanjin (Brisbane), now based in Healesville Victoria. Jenine’s weaving is informed by culture and Country, developing practical skills and listening to knowledge being shared and passed down from her grandmothers, mother and aunties.   

With Jenine’s guidance, participants will have the chance to cultivate some new weaving skills and will be encouraged to create their own unique woven artwork to take home. Possible examples include a wall hanging, the basis of a small basket, earrings or a necklace or other piece of wearable art!

Jenine describes her style as a basic technique that is easy to learn. “It is a bit like a blend between knitting and sewing. There is really no right or wrong way. Weaving is all about self expression,” she said. “I encourage people to develop their own style, explore ideas and individualise things in their own special way – everyone’s pieces are unique, limited only by their imagination!”

The weaving workshop presents a lovely opportunity to come together with like-minded people, to chat, learn and share a creative experience, and for participants to leave with some new skills, to enable the further exploration of their creative ideas at home. The workshop is not just for women (or weavers with some experience) – beginners, men and teens are most welcome.

If you have any queries, please contact Tess Holderness:

Email: or phone: 0412 195 283

Image: Jenine Godwin-Thompson, beside an artwork that featured in the Koorie Art Show of
2022, at the Koorie Heritage Trust. ‘Emu Nesting’ pays homage to the role of male emus, which hold the
nests together and care for the eggs and young. The artwork also represents the important role of men
more broadly, as dads, brothers, grandfathers and uncles, holding their communities together.

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