Spiny Rush

Panel #7 of the Self-Guided Tour of the Weeds of Australia now installed at Wollombi.

Spiny Rush

rush

Spiny Rush is widely used in Africa as weaving fibre for baskets and mats.

rush weaving

Woman in Ghana weaving a basket .

Rush is used as natural fibre for weaving in many cultures around the world.
The fibre gets essicated then dyed and weaved for domestic uses and as a source of surplus income.

And here is the PDF version of the panel, 500+kb, enjoy!

Spiny Rush

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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