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Nomad in Residence for hAbitAt

by Sayraphim on February 26, 2013

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I’m very excited to announce that I’m going to be the very first Nomad in Residence in Fee Plumbley’s Really Big Road Trip project. I’m super thrilled at the prospect!

Fee has been commissioned to make a collaborative crafting work called hAbitAt for Canberra’s Centennial Celebrations, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

This is from Fee’s website:
For the next couple of weeks I’ll be over in Canberra meeting & learning from the older community via their knitting and sewing clubs. I’ll be talking to them about how they feel about Canberra as a city, how long they have been there, where they come from if they are diaspora and what they think about how their city has changed in the last hundred years. I’ve always loved the older generation and the wealth of stories and insights they possess, so I’m very much looking forward to this part of the process.

I’ll then be making textile works (knitting, sewing and crochet) based on the words they use, inviting crowdsourced contributions to add to the collection, and hanging them via a series of tent-like shapes occupying the trees and grass areas by the lake. Home, James will of course be parked up nearby – my own personal habitat, officially open for business for the first time! My section of the day is from 12-7pm, so I shall be hosting a little tea party during the day itself where makers are invited to bring their sewing/knitting projects and mingle with the crowd.

I’ll be flying up to help her on the day, which is awesome because it’s clearly right up my alley!

You are invited to also contribute your own words that represent your connection to Canberra as a place (especially if you are from there but have moved away). Each word will be tagged with the names and locations of the people who contribute to them. You don’t need to be physically present to add yours to the collection, just contact me directly to let me know who you are, where you’re from and what word you want to be included and we will do our best to incorporate them all.

So let me know if you have any words you’d like contributed to hAbitAt!

Facebook event with all the details here: http://tinyurl.com/auv86eo

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