Over the week of Grampians Texture, Caroline Hawkins will be working at the Halls Gap Community Centre - at the GrampianArts Market Place.
Participating as artist in residence at Grampians Texture 2019, Victorian Surf Coast artist Caroline Hawkins will provide opportunities for visitors to delight in the variety of applications that can be drawn from plant materials, fabric and wool remnants and found materials.
Beds of seagrass in the ocean form the favourite hiding places for sea dragons. Caroline collects clumps of it which get washed up on the beach after a storm; it is strappy, strong and ideal for random weave baskets. It’s also the perfect material to use to make sea dragons.
The coastal shore birds and the vulnerable hooded plover, whose chicks are cared for by teams of volunteers, are a pleasure to create, using basketry techniques with fabrics and wire. The fibre art practices of indigenous Australians are also a source of interest for Caroline. She has learnt weaving and bush toy wrapping techniques from a local elder. Caroline will demonstrate basketry and animal wrapping alongside a display of her work. You are welcome to join in some making with her.