(the back of my head and the lovely Mayra and Maria...Ash is off to the side!!)
In a very culturally and economically diverse community such as Footscray, I guess this space and the things we do here are about creating a sense of family for those who may not have much family, equality for those who don't often feel equal to those around them, and for all of us a place of safety, warmth and love. It's pretty special, and I'm so passionate about seeing my kids grow up in a world where diversity is
Anyway, a few months ago I discovered that my housemate, Maria, crochets. Oh, what joy! She was taught by her grandmother in East Timor, and her style is very different to what I know, but we both discovered that it's just lovely to sit down side by side and do a bit of craft together, and its often in those times together that we have great chats about life, and learn more about each other’s stories. This year we have been inviting other women (nieghbours) to come round once a month in the evening for a bit of crafting with us. There are no rules, no set projects (yet!) or expectations. We just hang out and craft for an hour or two while chatting, learning more about each other, sharing our skills...and drinking tea -of course!!
If you're at all like me, I'm sure you'd like crafting with people in your community too! Why don't you find out if there are any Craft groups in your local area you could join? Or, start one!! Women all over the world a making small (or is that big!?) differences in their communities one Crafternoon at a time!
PS- I’d love to hear of any experiences of craft groups/community crafting etc. Feel free to share!!