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Yarn bombing adds a splash of colour

THE Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) were injected with an extra splash of colour this winter when they were “yarn bombed” in celebration of a creative partnership with Able Australia.

As part of the collaboration, the RTBG undertook a series of workshops focused on the timeless art of knitting, crocheting and all things haberdashery.

Led by master haberdasherer Lucy Ward, the workshops were held in “The Burrow”, a unique space at the gardens that are dedicated to Able Australia, which is an an inclusive community organisation for people of all abilities.

“The workshops have been a great opportunity for people to meet and learn as a beginner or pick up those rusty skills and create again,” Ms Ward said.

“The Burrow is a relaxing and cosy space in the gardens to get together and have fun.”

The yarn bombing installation took place in early July and was an opportunity to display some of the fun and creative works made during the workshops.

The yarn currently adorns the Betula jacquemontii – commonly known as the Himalayan Birch – that overlooks the Lily Pond.

This tree has beautiful and distinctive white paper-like bark, which was used in ancient times for writing Sanskrit scriptures and text.

For more information about Able Australia, visit www.ableaustralia.org.au.

Caption: From left, St Mary’s College work experience student Holly Andree, master haberdasherer Lucy Ward, Melinda Antil from the Hobart City Council and Claire Rennie from Able Australia.

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