The Bush Critters weaving workshop has taken off in the South Burnett, with many community members learning art for the environment.
The Bush Critters weaving workshop has taken off in the South Burnett, with many community members learning art for the environment. Tracy Lewis

How art workshops can help the environment

A NEW opportunity for South Burnett art lovers is on its way.

Bush Critters, an artistic business based in the Sunshine Coast, is planning to host monthly weaving and mosaic workshops across the region.

Tracy Lewis, the founder of Bush Critters, created her workshops as a session to help the environment.

"The idea behind it is that it's an environmental, eco friendly, pro-arts and crafts concept,” she said.

"Our weaving is done with the Cat's Claw which is an invasive vine. It's clogging up all of the Mary Valley and it goes all the way up into the South Burnett region. By weaving and using this vine, it really does help the environment.

"The workshops encourage people to get interested in getting creative and recycling, because people can then go out and pull these vines to create baskets and bird's nests and things like that.”

Ms Lewis intends to do monthly workshops in Proston, Cherbourg and soon Kingaroy.

"I've just had contact with Kingaroy, so hopefully I'll be up there in February collaborating with the Queensland Country Women's Association. I'm coming up again in February to Proston and to Cherbourg also,” she said.

The workshop cost is $20 each, where all materials are supplied for the entire session.

"It's usually run from about 9-3pm on one day for basket weaving, and mosaic is run over two days because they members then have to come back and grout,” Ms Lewis said.

Not only is it a great opportunity to get crafty and help the environment, Ms Lewis also believes it's a great way to break down social barriers.

"For community groups to chat away, weave away and be creative, it really does provide an opportunity to break down barriers,” she said.

"It's a very healthy concept for the planet, and it's healthy for our souls. We have a lovely time doing these workshops, and I'm excited to be holding more in the future.”

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