Reclaiming the Void at Glenaeon - Donations Needed

15 March 2023

Glenaeon are joining the ‘Reclaim the Void’ weaving project and you are invited to take part.
Donations needed of pre-loved lengths of fabric or old sheets, hula hoops, large tapestry hoops or agricultural pipe.

Who can join the project: Primary school children, high school students, teachers, parents, alumni and friends of Glenaeon. All welcome!
When: Tuesday lunchtimes for students and teachers in the craft room at Middle Cove & Parent Craft at Castlecrag on Wednesday, 29th March 9am-12noon.

We hope that the whole school will get involved in this great initiative. At Glenaeon, the project will start during Tuesday lunchtimes in the craft room and in mentor morning sessions in the high school and in handwork lessons in the primary school. Other venues and times to learn how to get started will soon be advised. This project will continue into Term 3 and the hope is that between the students, parents and general community of Glenaeon, we can contribute at least 50 rag rug weavings to this project by the end of Term 3.

For more information and to register your interest or donation, please email handwork teacher, Elizabeth Ellean at
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The Story and the Vision

Reclaim the Void was born from Ngalia elders in Leonora, Western Australia, expressing their pain and grief at ‘those gaping mining holes left all over our country’. The idea was concieved to symbolically ‘seal’ one of the holes with an artwork expressing the story of country.

Country is alive with story, song, dance, law, Tjukurrpa. When we wound country, we wound ourselves, and end up with a scarred physical and cultural landscape. This project carries the desire for healing country, healing community, and healing ourselves. It is about acknowledging the hurt and contributing to restoration. It offers people the chance to learn about country and culture.

The vision is to cover a mining pit with a large-scale ‘dot’ artwork made up of thousands of handmade circular rag-rugs woven from discarded fabric. Woven by people from all walks of life and backgrounds, the rugs will be joined together into a giant textile artwork which shows an overall pattern that carries the story of the Tjukurrpa of the country on which the pit is situated.

Reclaim the Void is a bold cross-cultural project. It seeks to raise awareness of the story of country and its importance in Aboriginal culture in both its physical and spiritual dimensions. We invite you to join us.

In Australia we have drilled over 50,000 holes on sacred land. Each year 500,000 tonnes of fabric and clothes are dumped into landfill. Can we give our hands and hearts in healing to create 5,000 rugs to fill one hole?