King’s Skink, Scales & Tails

Rain rain, go away, come again another day…

It was a wet Kambarang morning for our 16th Weaving Stories of Boodja workshop at the Cowaramup Community Garden. Luckily the children and families came prepared for wet weather and so did we! 

We are getting to the pointy end of our workshops and have started construction of our final woven sculptures for the community garden. We have already started work on a masked owl and frog at our last workshop. In this workshop, to mark the beginning of the Kambarang season (when reptiles come out of hibernation to warm up and look for food) we focused on an endemic species, the King’s Skink and the humble snake.

The children were able to work at three different stations throughout the workshop. There were children wrapping the Kings Skink sculpture in range of different textured natural rope and twine inspired by the raffia and yarn wrapped animals made by the Tjanpi Desert Weaver artists. There were children painting patterned wooden disk scales for our giant snake that will be woven along the fence line of the garden. There were also children wrapping mini skinks and snakes to take home, made from pipe cleaners and colourful yarn.

We all managed to stay dry and almost finished wrapping our skink sculpture. We are sure he is going to enjoy living in the community garden with the other animals at the finale of our project on Saturday 19 November 2022.  

And the children were so happy to be taking home a little snake and lizard (or other animal) of their own too.

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