Brad and Steve at the Men’s Shed helped me organise and run a lantern making and decorating workshop to encourage children to attend the See of Light lantern parade on for See Change 2016. Ladies from the Holiday care program worked with me to engage children in three activities: Organic cane lantern in a moon like shape, painting a readymade lantern with fabric paint, and bamboo box lanterns. It was a lively time with 23 primary school children of all ages involved in all types of problem solving and expressive activities like stripping bamboo poles, and cutting and joining materials with masking tape into 3D shapes. Covering shapes with baking paper was particularly daunting at times, while the fabric painting was pure painterly joy for all the kids, especially those who had first go at the paint tubes! The adult operated glue guns for a few tricky bits proved to be absorbing for the high energy roamers eager to experience new things. PHEW! Can’t wait for the next one in which children are painting 8″x8″ entries for the ‘Spaces, Places and Faces’ See Change competition. We may also have time to design some See Change festival posters for another competition.
Today I drove the old Ford Falcon ute out to Sally’s place in Womboin to collect the fish and stingray shrouds on my lonesome. It was hot work and I was annoyed by the shadows created on the dried husks by the sun when documenting the process. Luckily clouds drifted in and I took some photos without the shadows. The mullet were still quite wet and smelly underneath but the stains were nice and rich. It was really difficult lifting the bedframes into the back of the ute on my own, and I had to leave the largest one there it was a two person job. I placed the husks in a crate for Sally to investigate for possible sculptural materials. I then drove on to Canberra to Adam’s place and gave the shrouds a vinegar bath. I then hung them out to dry in preparation for taking to Emma at ANU painting workshop for stretching tomorrow.