Itís in the Bag

Yolngu women from Yirrkala work with Chantal Cordey. Photo by Jane Dermer.

It's in the Bag

Competition winner Chantal Cordey shared skills in weaving with artists from Yirrkala and Hammond Island.

Soon after her win in the Design for a Sea Change Competition Chantal visited Yirrkala and worked with interested community members, including staff from the Women’s Resource Centre and from Landcare making bags from ghost nets. After two days of unravelling and re-weaving the old nets collected by the Dhimurru rangers, two gorgeous bags were completed. This doesn’t sound like many, but the technique used was long and painstaking. “It’s great to see such beautiful and useful products coming from ghost nets” said Jane Dermer, NT Project Facilitator for the Ghost Nets Program.

Following the success of this workshop Chantal and her friend Miggs Brodie travelled to Hammond Island in the Torres Straits to share their ideas with the Kiriri Arts and Craft Group on Hammond Island.

Photo Below: Chantal shares a joke with Kiriri Arts and Craft Coordinator Frank Petero.


Picture Below: Kiriri Arts workers with some of their bags after Chantal's workshop