Make a vibrant stick art sculpture inspired by the Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family woven grass sculptures in the First Australians gallery.
How to make a stick art sculpture
You can wrap textiles and fibres around sticks and other natural forms to create a sculpture that represents your personality. What colours and textures represent your personality?
Skill level: ★★ Moderate — you may need an adult to help
Time: 20–40 minutes
What you need:
- a stick 30–90 cm long
- fabric offcuts in various colours
- string, twine, wool or taffeta
- Grab your stick and a pile of different fabrics, wool and twine. Find a spot to spread out on the floor.
- Wrap the fabric around your stick. Then use the twine, wool or string to keep it in place.
Tip: cut the fabric into strips — this makes it easier to wrap
- wrapping your wool tightly
- wrapping your wool loosely
- mixing different materials and colours
- finding other things to wrap around your stick sculpture
- joining sticks together.
Wrapped! Discovery Space fun
When students from Bowning Primary School in New South Wales said they wanted to do the 'Wrapped!' activity, the National Museum happily donated leftover sticks and fabric.
Principal Clare Pritchard said that the stick sculpture workshop was a great success. 'Some students are so keen they are spending lunchtimes wrapping more sticks'.
Thanks Bowning Primary School!