Fiji Time: 1:27 PM on Tuesday 21 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Refresher art classes for 60

Shayal Devi
Monday, January 27, 2014

SIXTY women from Nadi and Lautoka learnt quiltmaking and patchwork designing as part of efforts to refresh their creative skills.

They achieved this through a two-week workshop held in Martintar, Nadi, by Australians Frances Piquemal and Denise Lynn.

Ms Piquemal said she had arrived in the country two years ago to teach similar forms of handicraft items to women in Taveuni.

"What the women were doing in the past two weeks is they were making patterns and designs on used fabrics and bags," she said.

"Initially we had planned for 20 women but as we got closer to the workshop we had our 60 participants.

"It has been very humbling for us."

The two will be returning to Sydney today and Ms Piquemal said one of the most encouraging moments for the women had been localising the products they create so that the women had their own identity.

"I will be returning to Australia with a greater knowledge of some of the forms of art here like basket weaving. It's been a cross-cultural learning experience."

The oldest participant at the workshop was 78-year-old Fauorou Akata of Rotuma.

"I mostly did crafts before and made hand baskets and fans," she said.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. The murder of a schoolteacher
  2. Unclaimed body laid to rest
  3. Winner pulls out
  4. $30k win for couple
  5. Wife wished cancer for hubby
  6. Fisherman in hospital after collision at sea
  7. Project funding
  8. Chiefly family to decide on Tui Bua position
  9. FEA shares on offer
  10. $10m music

Top Stories this Week

  1. Gang rape Monday (20 Apr)
  2. It's a lie Wednesday (15 Apr)
  3. Bloody Sunday Monday (20 Apr)
  4. Death shatters dream Monday (20 Apr)
  5. Fatal trip Thursday (16 Apr)
  6. A fair trial, says Singh Wednesday (15 Apr)
  7. Ro Teimumu makes a stand Wednesday (15 Apr)
  8. Son's death shocks family, police investigate brother Saturday (18 Apr)
  9. Wish for son's death Monday (20 Apr)
  10. Five years in exile Friday (17 Apr)