Grassy Park residents are invited to attend the workshops of the local tourism initiative, The Craft Route, part of the Community ThinkTank SA. The workshops encourage local crafters to adapt some of their crafts to reflect the rich heritage of the locals in Grassy Park.
The workshops are held in areas surrounding Grassy Park with their own facilitators.
“We have different craft workshops or projects and area facilitators and members of The Craft Route pool of crafters offer these workshops to locals. The beading project is an excellent entry into the world of home crafting. We are currently teaching a group of local elders in Pelican Park this skill,” says Robin Oakes, founder of the organisation. The leatherworks workshop is an introduction to leatherworks.
“Everyone that is attending this workshop is introduced to how to make your own jewellery and other small leather items. At the jewellery workshop you will learn how to make your own neck chains, earrings, anklets, bracelets, toerings and rings,” Oakes says.
At the waxwork and candle-making workshop participants are taught how to make the large “altar” candles, table candles, floating candles and others in a variety of colours, patterns and shapes.
“When we host the workshop about soap-making we show how to make organic soaps utilising herbs, aroma therapy and even cow dung. There is also a workshop for designing and making your own clothes. A small donation is appreciated to cover the costs of materials and the facilitator costs,” he says.