I was invited by artist/theatre director Michael Camilleri to make giant baskets from paper for a backdrop for his production of Waa and the Seven Sisters at Melbourne Museum. The story was told by Uncle Larry Walsh and written as a play by John Patten the Senior Koorie Programs Officer Bunjilaka. The baskets are roughly 1-1.5 metres in diameter and made using the local Victorian Koorie coiling technique of basket making.
The image above shows a detail of the backdrop on the VCA studio floor it reminded me of the native Meleleuca (paperbark) tree you often see on nature strips. The backdrop transformed with different theatre lighting states from a cliff face to an aerial landscape to a spirit world.
News: Day of the Dead Mariarchi Band
Skeleton Crew has been launched, I am working with a group of Melbourne's most talented musicians. Dave Evans on accordion, Dan Witton on Tuba, Nara Demasson on banjo and Adam Pierzchalski on trumpet. Derek Ives is our new maestro. of Long Pigs and Candy Butchers fame. I will be playing puppets. We are playing festivals, cabaret and making a Music/Theatre/Puppet show together. We will be filming a video clip in May!!!!