Weeding in the name of art
Many individual artists and groups in Queensland already use weed vines in basketry including Cats Claw Creeper, Running Bamboo, Elephant Grass and Cocos Palm inflorescences. Crafts range from simple bracelets to large-scale installations shown at Folk festivals and events throughout the year.
The Green Elephant in the Room
Pennisetum purpureum is one under-used resource readily available around Enoggera Creek. Also known as Elephant Grass, Napier or 'Bana' Grass this highly invasive plant is valued in its native Africa for weaving baskets, hats and fans. Farmers markets around Brisbane often sell the highly colourful, dyed and woven baskets.
- Behind the Baskets - Weaving in Ghana
Cat's Claw Creeper
Another useful weed around Enoggera catchment is Macfadyena unguis-cati, the dreaded Cat's Claw Creeper.
Easily harvested & looped in coils for storing, it only needs an overnight soak before becoming supple again for weaving into baskets or installation pieces. A coat of decking oil protects works from the weather.
Just be sure to cut down to the roots and poison - it's unlikely to be wiped out even with hordes of willing weavers.
- Artisean - Custom decorations & installations by artist Kris Martin. Kris specialises in large scale weaving with Cat's Claw and bamboo.