Spinning and weaving are sacred activities in many traditions and the use of fabric and items collected from the natural environment were often the bodily adornments from which one's community status was displayed.
The 2016 Noosa Open Studios event is fortunate with the diversity of the exceptional artists and artisans participating – and the nature based textile artists are an example of this.
Her love of weaving and creative arts has led Rene Bahloo down the path of Australian indigenous culture and doctoral studies.
Rene states that she weaves with the fibre and flow of nature in order to manifest beauty and joyful wellbeing. 'My goal is for us all to weave our world into a better place and to weave our environment with passion and purpose'.
Kin Kin weaver Karen Grady actually farms alpacas and raises silk worms, then blends the fibres to create hand spun, hand woven, one-of-a-kind garments.
"Alpaca and silk is a beautiful ethereal combination" says Karen. "It can be spun and woven into the finest lightweight fibres"
Karen hand-dyes the silk and alpaca wool with natural dyes. "Lichen, parsley & passionfruit add natural colour" explains Karen.
"I dye, I spin, I weave and create, luxurious wearable art."
Nature based textile artist Robyn Davey also has her Tinbeerwah studio open. 'I love this place overlooking the tree tops to the coast. Here the colours and textures of nature are a constant source of inspiration for my work"
>"I photograph and collect all manner of things from the natural world and become so engrossed working over my sewing machine that I lose all sense of time".