How a nannas and nonnas group is rekindling lost craft skills

Rekindling skills: Margaret, Fay, Thersia, Cherie and Deb are rejuvenating some lost craft skills as part of the nannas and nonnas workshop at Sunset Gallery.
Rekindling skills: Margaret, Fay, Thersia, Cherie and Deb are rejuvenating some lost craft skills as part of the nannas and nonnas workshop at Sunset Gallery.

An experiment to delve into rekindling lost craft skills and creating Christmas art from recycled paper products has proven a winner for Sunset Gallery creative coordinator, Cherie Marshall.

After putting a shout out for people willing to come and enjoy a few hours together to create craft, Ms Marshall says she welcomed an informal group of ladies to the Murray Street gallery.

The group, which varies from a few to 10 or 12 depending on availability, enjoy being creative and having the chance to rejuvenate craft and skills their grandmothers taught them.

"And it helps if you like having a bit of fun too," Ms Marshall said.

The Nannas and Nonnas workshop is on a fortnightly basis with the next event on December 15.

"This is more than just sitting around doing craft. There are plenty of memories shared among the group about how their grandmothers taught them to do something crafty, or how recycling wasn't a choice.

"Certainly, the group is very much aware that today's generation probably doesn't have the basic skills that were entreched in them.

"So, we have set about revitalising some of those skills."

This is more than just sitting around doing craft. There are plenty of memories shared among the group about how their grandmothers taught them to do something crafty, or how recycling wasn't a choice.

Cherie Marshall

The group interviewed for this story - Thersia, Margaret, Deb and Fay - all come from varied backgrounds and 'craftiness'.

However, they all agree that the workshop has provided them with a chance to enjoy good company while being creative. And they don't mind problem solving on the run either.

The group was recycling magazines into small Christmas trees and creating Christmas baubles from old cards during Friday's workshop.

Deb said she enjoys the fortnightly workshop because it helps with some brain elasticity and Margaret says the more intricate work is 'good for the arhtritic fingers'.

"It is also really nice to just sit and have a talk too. You get some perspective by just listening to other people talk about their lives or where they have been," Deb said.

The Nannas and Nonnas workshop is on Friday December 15 from 10am until noon. 

Ms Marshall plans to hold a children's Christmas decoration making workshop on December 23, also from 10am until noon. To pre-book or for more information contact Sunset Gallery on Murray Street.