Pakenham CWA gets a taste for art

Vicky Birch wearing the entry for the Art Show Pakenham. 238140_05 Photos: SHELBY BROOKS

The ladies of the Pakenham CWA have been busy sewing, knitting and stitching a wearable art design for the upcoming Art Show Pakenham.

The group’s entry into the Wearable Art Parade is themed ‘Our interpretation of the Australian bush’ and features wool kookaburras, bees, caterpillars, wattle and leaves on a shawl and beret.

The garment will be worn by Gazette journalist Shelby Brooks at the opening night of the art show at the Cardinia Cultural Centre on Friday 28 May.

Pakenham CWA craft leader Hazel Green said every member contributed in their own way.

“Different people have different skills but nearly all of us put in some way,” she said.

The CWA branch aren’t looking to win the parade, which has 12 entries from artists and designers around the district, but hopes it will help attract new members to the group.

“We just wanted to put our name out there and make people aware of what we do,” president Heather Kleesh said.

“The CWA is about empowering women to do things, a way of forming new friendships, learn new skills and support and connect with the community.”

The Pakenham CWA supports two local high school students with a three year scholarship program.

But the CWA is not just for the more mature woman, younger women are encouraged to join and bring new ideas to the club, Heather said.

Recently, the remaining four ladies of the CWA branch Emerald amalgamated with the Pakenham group to bring the group number up to 16.

The CWA Pakenham Branch meets the first Wednesday of each month for a committee meeting and every third Wednesday for a craft session and is always looking for new members.

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