Many hands make beautiful work for Yarloop recovery
The work of many hands has crafted a symbol of regrowth, with the completion of a mandala quilt from the first bushfire recovery workshop earlier this month.
Harvey artist and textile workshop leader Yvonne Chapman said the project began with only herself and one attendee of the workshop but soon grew.
“It started off just myself and another lady from Yarloop and then as others saw what we were doing and saw how easy it was to make a mandala, they started to produce them,” she said.
More than 130 mandalas were made for the quilt contributed by 11 people over a number of weeks beyond the end of the workshop.
Ms Chapman said the finished quilt turned out much bigger than anticipated and it was with the help of volunteers from the Harvey Districts Creative Arts Centre that it came together.
“I have to thank the Harvey Districts Creative Arts Centre because they helped me put it together,” she said.
“That was a bigger task than actually producing the mandalas.”
Ms Chapman said the mandala theme was inspired by the yarn-bombed of trees in the Shire of Waroona and when the finished mandalas were laid out it formed a leaf like the Harvey Shire Council’s logo.
“We decided to do it on black for the charred trees so the leaf became the regrowth symbol but also the symbol of the shire,” she said. “The mandalas were a symbol of what the Waroona ladies had done with their yarn bombing of the trees immediately after the fire.”
Ms Chapman said the quilt will be displayed as a wall hanging and will be included in the Recovery and Regrowth Exhibition in January.
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