Coil and Stitch Basket Making @ The Sound Temple
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contribution: $135 – This is a ticketed event, no door sales available
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Common Threads Woven through Community

Coil and Stitch Basket Making


Come and sit in this Weaving Circle and learn the ancient art of Coil Stitch Weaving.

Fiona Gavino will demonstrate and share her knowledge and techniques as a skilled and contemporary fibre artist.

During this workshop Fiona will show you how to coil a basket using needle and thread to stitch together plant material harvested from local grasses and flora from our local landscape and gardens.

Beginning small so you can experience the whole process, this knowledge allows you to create any size or shape basket you wish in the future.

Fiona will share knowledge of what plants are best for this type of weaving, how to harvest and store the plant materials will all be discussed during the workshop.

Suitable for beginners to more experienced weavers.

Fiona Gavino will join us here in the peaceful bush location of The Sound Temple throughout the month of May for the Common Threads Woven Through Community Programme. She will host a series of workshops from beginners to intermediate. We are blessed to have commissioned Fiona to create a large community outdoor public installation.

As our lead resident fibre artist, Fiona will be working and demonstrating her fine weaving skills that she has acquired throughout her travels in Australia and Internationally and times spent living and working with indigenous women on country.

words Fiona Gavino name joins the Common Threads TeamFiona Gavino with her Australian, Filipino, and Maori heritage, has been described as an intercultural artist working the traditional into the contemporary. There is an undeniable crafted aesthetic in her work and through the artist’s attentive conceptual ideas, intercultural dialogues and collaborative practice she has eloquently placed her practice within sculpture and installation.

Gavino graduated from Charles Darwin University with a BA Visual Arts in 2006 and was a practicing artist there for 12 years. Her work features in Hot Springs; the Northern Territory & Contemporary Australian Artists (Macmillan Art Publishing). In 2007 she relocated to Western Australia and currently lives and works in Fremantle.

In 2014 Gavino was a recipient of an Asialink Residency where she spent three months in the Philippines studying rattan furniture making techniques to apply to her sculpture practice and in 2015 she was invited to exhibit at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines with a solo show, In-between-spaces.

Gavino is a nationally recognised fibre artist, she teaches extensively in Fremantle and for the past three years she has been working with the Yindjibarndi women in the Pilbara collaborating with them to create contemporary fibre sculpture, baskets and reviving their traditional practice of net making.

In 2018 she undertook a residency in Madrid working with an inner-city community in the throws of gentrification to produce a site-specific installation and for the last two years worked with Japanese artists and the community of York (WA) creating large scale sculptures of endangered Australian animals from wheat straw.

Common Threads Woven Through Community
A Pollination of Life | May 1st to 31st 2020

Common Threads Woven Through Community Project fosters a spirited environment in partnership with The Sound Temple to celebrate sustainability and the creative arts, cultural experiences, performance, workshops, temporary exhibitions and installations.

Our 2020 theme embraces the inter connection of our living world the seen and unseen ‘The Pollination of Life’ exploring the underlying connections between, artists, creatives, sustainable enterprises and movements. As we all carry a thread that collaboratively weaves the health and wellbeing of our collective future on this planet you will feel deeply inspired by being part of a continuing impulse of considerable change.

Start: 12:00pm (arrive from 11:45am)
Ends: 4:00pm

Common Threads Woven Through Community

Includes: A delicious nourishing lunch will be served plus endless cups of warming organic teas and coffee

Location: 30kms east of Perth CBD in the Hills WA (details on booking)

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