Arts in the Olives to host an array of workshops and displays

Ali George showcases some of her shibori work, she will be holding shibori workshops at the Arts in the Olives festival this Mother's Day
Ali George showcases some of her shibori work, she will be holding shibori workshops at the Arts in the Olives festival this Mother's Day

BAMBOO flute making, blacksmithing and limestone carving are just some of the workshops on offer at this year’s Arts in the Olives festival.

Event organisers have chosen ‘Stories and stones’ as the theme for the ninth annual event this year which will be held on Mothers Day.

A whole bunch of arts and cooking workshops are available as well as music, markets and food stalls in the beautiful Worendo Olive Grove near Darlington.

Ali George will be holding shibori workshops with fellow artist Patena Moesker.

Shibori is a Japanese art similar to the more well-known tie-dye, however there are more tools and techniques used in shibori which creates a variety of different patterns.

Ms George uses her shibori art-work to make quilts and bags, some of which have become internationally acclaimed.

Ms George’s workshops will focus on the basics of shibori and how to make the patterns.

“At the end of the day everybody will have a set of shibori died fabrics they can take away with them,” she said.

Ms George said fabric will be provided however she encouraged people to bring in old t-shirts or quilts to add to the fun.

Arts in the Olives will feature the work of Eagle Heights artist Leeton Lee who will be holding aboriginal art workshops.

Free children’s workshops will be available throughout the weekend where they can make clay animals, create aboriginal art and participate in the noisey junk orchestra amongst other things.

General entry tickets are $8 or $25 for a family and all workshops are $30 for a half day and $60 for a full day.

To make a booking call 0417 720 352 or email artsintheolives@gmail.com.

For more information on the event visit www.artsintheolives.com