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Before founding Weavery, Rene studied Fine Arts to a Doctorate level, and gave informal weaving classes and presentations at festivals and other events, including the annual gathering, ‘Being Woman’. Her presentation at that event focused on the powers of womanhood and creativity and how to harness these powers through the art of weaving. The metaphorical ideas that sprang from this presentation – especially that life is our masterpiece that we are constantly weaving – received such a positive response that Rene was inspired to start Weavery. ³,W ZDV FRPSOHWHO\ DQ H[WHQVLRQ of my studies as I had been working on a project combining creative writing and visual art in a ‘synergetic novel’ based on the philosophy of weaving, creative perspectives, Indigenous culture and women’s business. I have contributed to many exhibitions, WKH PRVW UHFHQW EHLQJ D ¿QDOLVW LQ the ‘Noosa traveling scholarship’ sculpture competition and H[KLELWLRQ ZLWK P\ ¿EUH SLHFH ³0DVNHG :HDYHU\´ +RZHYHU P\ joy comes from teaching rather WKDQ SURGXFLQJ DUW´ VD\V %DKORR Healthy, Sustainable, and Positive Living through Weavery Learning to harness the ancient power of weaving teaches us to make connections with nature and with others. Weaving beautiful FUHDWLRQV ZLWK QDWXUDO ¿EUHV UDLVHV environmental awareness and increases appreciation for the beauty of nature. Sitting in weaving circles, as the indigenous Yonglu women do, allows us to share and interconnect with fellow weavers. Weaving also helps hone the practice of taking life slowly and enjoying being in the moment. Weavery believes that connecting to the community through weaving creates individuals who are healthier, stronger, more caring, and more positive. :HDYHU\ 7KH 3RZHU RI &UHDWLRQ and Connection The foundation for Weavery began with a profound experience among the indigenous peoples of Arnhem Land, Australia. The founder of Weavery, Rene Bahloo, went on a six-month journey, passing through several indigenous communities on her way. At each new community, she found herself drawn to the community’s group of artisans. Their kindred spirits led one indigenous community to invite Rene to stay among them and teach art to their children. There Rene learned the stunning weaving techniques of the Yonglu women. While Rene has since adapted her weaving techniques, learning from other weavers and transforming them into her own, she will never forget the indigenous Australians who serve as the foundation for her weaving, and therefore the foundation for Weavery. Australian Lifestyle Magazine