IN CONVERSATION WITH: TEGAN, NGUMPIE WEAVING
Looking for some new hobbies to try out during isolation? If you're like us and have tried your hand at several interesting hobbies in the past couple of months (hello sourdough baking!), this is calling your name. Weaving is a unique and skilful art form, where the practice of making it is as beautiful as the end product.
We sat down with Aboriginal contemporary weaver, Tegan, to learn more about weaving and what it means to her. Keep reading to hear her perspective on and experience with weaving, and how she keeps on top of running her own business.
[TLSE] "When did you first learn how to weave?"
[Tegan] "I learnt from my Mum two years ago. I tried to learn earlier than this but it just wasn’t my time."
What’s the biggest reference of inspiration when envisioning your designs?
My biggest inspiration is my family and upbringing - everything I create has a story weaved amongst it.
What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
The biggest challenge so far has just been keeping up with orders, luckily for me, everyone loves my work, so trying to keep up with the amazing demand is really the only challenge!
How long have you been doing weaving classes for?
From the moment I learnt two years ago, I don’t think I’ve put down my needle and raffia.
What’s your favourite thing to weave?
My favourite thing to weave are the earrings. I love getting creative with them and trying different styles, and I love that people wear my art.
Totally obsessed? We get it - if you're wanting to try out weaving, Tegan hosts classes! Even better, Ngumpie weaving is hosting a 'Weave & Wine' night at the end of July. What better way to spend your Saturday evening than learning a new art form while sipping on your favourite glass of wine?
Weave & Wine Night
What: A workshop hosted by Aboriginal women teaching you how to weave
When: Sat, July 25 - 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl, NSW 2099
For more info, check it out here - happy weaving!
WORDS | Brittany Ross
IMAGERY | Ngumpie Weaving