Our Common Threads

Our Common Threads (OCT) is a weekly textile art program focusing on sewing, weaving, printing and other craft activities, building on the work of women and their families from the My Sisters' Kitchen program.

 OCT promotes interaction and understanding between women of all cultural backgrounds including refugee, migrant and Indigenous, through exchange of cultural information embedded in textile arts.

 Sessions are run every Wednesday morning (10am-1pm) as part of the Malak Community Shed program; additional sessions may be organised for Saturdays depending on demand and the availability of work space. Sessions are currently held in the Malak Studio.

Garments, bags, cushion covers and other things produced by OCT will be trialled for sale at the Malak Marketplace (Saturday evening); other outlets will be explored. OCT will work with Frontline to make wearable computing garments for use in performance, using Lilypad and Arduino technologies.

The OCT Creative Producer also seeks out opportunities for skills development of participants and opportunities to promote their work through running workshops, attending conferences and presentation in exhibitions.

OCT is a project of the Malak Community Shed and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.