Inventive new way to deal with weeds creeping in
AT THE weekend, a few Isis Bushcare team members took part in a Weed Weaving Workshop at Bargara where they made baskets from cat's claw creeper.
The workshop was part of Afloat, a Creative Regions recovery project which includes a large-scale temporary public art project that will be built by Kris Martin in collaboration with communities for the 2014 Afloat Community Events.
Isis Bushcare secretary Margie Zea said weaving with weeds, in particular the cat's claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati), was appropriate for this workshop as it is a weed that has been spread more vigorously by the floods earlier this year.
"Cat's claw is an invasive vine, a Weed of National Significance (WONS) which can completely smother vegetation, growing over the tops of trees and shrubs depriving them of sunlight and thereby killing the trees," she said.
"To learn the craft of weaving was wonderful in itself, and putting a dead weed to good use was a bonus!"
For Isis Bushcare member Clare Dittmar the afternoon was full of creativity and fellowship.
"Using your own creativity was a way to cope with stresses and strains and to establish your life back on an even keel again," she said.
Bushcare members agreed it was a great way to be able to re-purpose such an environmentally and economically damaging weed, to make something useful and lovely to look at.