Weave It!

Published by: Abbotsford Convent | 16-Dec-2021
A not-to-be-missed takeover of the Abbotsford Convent gallery spaces, Weave It!—a brand new installation that is free, hands-on, and gets everyone involved in craft activities—created by renowned multidisciplinary textile artists Lisa Waup (Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander) and John Brooks. Inspired by the work of Lisa and John, Convent Kids of all ages and their families, will weave a wonderland out of bright, fun and colourful textiles made from recycled and found materials. Get creating and run wild when you and your child learn to make DIY string, tassels, looms and embellishments. Help reimagine this exhibition by adding your own creations to the space while gaining insights on recycling, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. Cost: Free!
Venue: The Store at Abbotsford Convent
Address: 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Date: 7 – 23 January, 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm each day
Ticket: Free
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Presented by Convent Kids.

You can make a string out of anything at Weave It!—an evolutionary exhibition for children and their grown-ups to immerse in the engaging practice of textiles. Learn craft practices grounded in First Nations explorations of interconnectivity, storytelling, and sustainability through hands-on craft incorporating natural and found materials such as sticks or recycled materials to build into the work.

Join multidisciplinary textile artists Lisa Waup (Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander) and John Brooks to create a growing wonderland of colourful, bright and fun fabrics and textures throughout the gallery spaces at The Store (formally c3 Contemporary Art Space).

Convent Kids and their parents are welcome to drop in, join workshops and collaborate through come-and-go activities that spark discussions about recycling materials, retelling the stories of First Nation cultures and celebrating community.


Lisa Waup is a proud First Nations and Italian woman born in Naarm (Melbourne) and holds a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT University. Inspired by Melanesian culture through her husband, artist Naup Waup, and living in Papua New Guinea, Lisa Waup works across multiple disciplines, including weaving, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles and installation. Through her practice, Lisa eloquently illustrates and symbolises her life’s journey through discovery and connection, highlighting the importance of tracing lost history, ancestral relationships, Country, motherhood and time through woven stories of her past, present and future into contemporary forms.

Lisa Waup has exhibited work at Koorie Heritage Trust, ACCA, NGV, Fremantle Art Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia and ReDot Gallery in Singapore. Acquired by many national and international collections, including the NGV, Waup is a member of Baluk Arts and has had her designs featured at the 2017 Melbourne Fashion Week.

John Brooks is a Naarm-based multimedia artist whose practice reflects the interconnected, anthropomorphic qualities and relationships between objects and humans. Johns practice predominantly works with hand-weaving techniques enhanced through various contemporary mediums such as video, performance, sculpture, and installation. John has exhibited extensively in Melbourne, interstate and internationally, over the past ten years.

Originally trained as a textile designer, John sometimes steps back into the fashion industry to collaborate with local fashion labels to create custom fabrics. He balances his practice with his work as a teacher, currently running studio classes at RMIT in the Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development. John runs workshops teaching people how to weave with unconventional materials and found objects on makeshift looms.

Convent Kids is an exciting program developed by Abbotsford Convent in collaboration with leading artists, offering a range of fun hands-on activities that will inspire children and their families to experiment, learn and make art together. Convent Kids is supported by City of Yarra.

Weave It! is supported by Creative Victoria.

Cost: Free!

When: 7 – 23 Jan 2022br> Where: The Store, Abbotsford Convent

This event is wheelchair accessible.
This event occurs inside.
There is a unisex and wheelchair accessible toilet located in the main Convent building.

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