Weave Your Own Bilum
Join Master Weaver Vicki Kinai in this series of hands-on workshops she has developed to teach the ancient technique of Bilum making, a hand made string bag from Papua New Guinea.
Learn how to roll your own rope and get started on constructing your very own Bilum! Materials included.
WHEN: Thursdays, 11 May – 25 May, 6:30pm – 9pm
AGES: 12 years and over
About FCAC Tutor: Vicki Kinai
Vicki Kinai is a Melbourne based Fibre Artist, Melanesian Languages and Cultural Trainer, Exhibitor, Performer and Teacher. She hails from the village of Pitwa, located Southeast of Mt. Hagen town in Papua New Guinea.
A master weaver and bilum (string bag) maker, a national icon and symbol for all Papua New Guineans and a tradition passed on to Vicki by her mother, grandmother, and those before them. It is vitally important that this is kept alive no matter where she is. Vicki has adapted the traditional bilum weaving technique to create wearable art and installations. ‘Every piece I create tells a story, that connects me to place and land, whether it’s a story about my current homeland of Australia or my birthplace of PNG. Every creation has relevance and connection’.
Presented as part of FCAC’s Learning and Development Program
Image by James Henry