The Weaving Room
The Weaving Room celebrates the history and diversity of First Nations weaving traditions in NSW.
Community weaving groups from around the state will share their cultural and creative traditions, knowledge and experiences while in residence at the Museum of Sydney.
Hear from Elders and artists about their traditional weaving practices, create your own piece to take home at our drop-in workshops and make a special connection to First Nations culture.
Access these exclusive Members sessions with our Weavers in residence. For more details, see your Member eNews.
- Monday 9 January, 10am-10:30am
- Saturday 21 January, 10am-10:30am
Weavers in residence
Aunty Karleen Green
Saturday 3 December to Sunday 4 December
Aunty Karleen Green is a Bunjalung, Munjalau and Kgari woman who is currently living on Gadigal Country. Karleen has been leading weaving workshops using natural fibres and traditional techniques for more than 30 years.
South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Group
Monday 5 December to Saturday 10 December
Aunty Cheryl Blair and her daughter Nancy Pattison of the South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Group are at the forefront of cultural revitalisation work on Dunghutti Country, in the small coastal village of South West Rocks. They fuse traditional weaving practices with fashion inspired by cultural traditions, creating a range of fibre art fashion pieces that are driving a cultural reawakening.
Sunday 11 December, Saturday 17 December, Monday 9 January, Saturday 21 January, Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January
Tarni Eastwood is a Ngiyampaa and Guringai multidisciplinary artist and curator based on Darug Country, in Western Sydney. Tarni actively facilitates weaving workshops with community to contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of traditional cultural practices. Contribute to Healing Lands artwork at Elizabeth Farm by creating a basket to be a part of the installation. Leave your basket with Tarni at the end of the workshop and come along to Eel Festival on the 12th of March to see your contribution in the installation.
Kodie & Tarli Mason
Friday 23 December and Sunday 8 January
Kodie and Tarli Mason are sisters from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, Botany Bay. With family connections to Dharawal, Ngarigo, Dunghutti, and Gamilaraay country across NSW and Victoria, they are proud of their culture and heritage. They have been weaving since they were young children, and often been taught about plants and their uses. Passionate about sharing knowledge and history, they use weaving to connect to culture and as a way to teach others.
Thursday 12 January to Tuesday 17 January
Yinarr Maramali is a Gomeroi women’s business dedicated to supporting Country and community wellbeing through its weaving practice. Based in Tamworth, Yinarr Maramali (meaning ‘made by Gomeroi women’s hands’) is a cultural hub and place of learning where artists weave their stories through handwoven creations and artworks. Yinarr Maramali’s core weavers are co-founders Amy Hammond and Lorrelle Munro, who lead and support Bronwyn Spearim, Rachael Phillips, and Sophie and Emily Honess.
Monday 23 January
Tegan Murdock is a proud member of the Barkindtji tribe originating from Coomealla, Lake Victoria and the Mungo regions, and of the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes originating from the Shepparton area. Tegan was taught to weave by her mother and she has established her own business, Ngumpie Weaving.
Casino Wake Up Time
Friday 3 February to Tuesday 7 February 2023
Casino Wake Up Time is a collective of Bundjalung and Kamilaroi women who have been meeting and weaving for more than ten years on Bundjalung Country. The members – Auntie Janelle Duncan, Auntie Margaret Torrens, Theresa Bolt and Kylie Caldwell – share stories and practise traditional crafts from their homes in Casino, and have transformed their passion for weaving into a gorgeous collection of garments, jewellery, bags and hats.