We are planning (permit pending) to revisit beautiful Illarari this season with a Creative Camp scheduled for August 12 -19th. When I went to source photos for this new camp I realised I had never actually published the Blog for our Illarari camp back in 2015! This is no refection of the quality of the experience or the photographic record! So please find below a selection of photos that tell the story of our wonderful week in this very special place. My apologies for its lateness and many thanks to Kathy Freedman for her exquisite photographic contributions.
Catching up with my Blog Posts at last . So please wind back the clock to May and view a whole week of adventures in the world of paper making at Curtin Springs Station. Wonderful weather, productive paper making, compulsive creating with paper and camera, beautiful landscape, good food and great company. What more could we ask for??? An amazing pink salt lake or a pink eared joey perhaps ?
PS: Sadly the little joey, appropriately called ‘Legs’, did not survive to adulthood, despite Amee’s devotion day and night.
This July Creative Camp was meant to be at Karla Karlu, the Devils Marbles, north of Alice. With somewhat short notice our application to stay at the Traditional Owners campsite there did not come through…. so with only a moment of regret we changed out plans and decided to go to Palm Valley once again. No one minded thankfully, and Charlie and I were quite franky delighted. It’s just so beautiful there this season. Having just had a camp there the swag spots were almost still warm! It was a wonderful group of all women, supporting and caring of each other. We indulged in some womanly delights too… under the tutelage of Lyn Austin, a second time participant, we made the most exsquiste moisturisers, body butter and soap. A first for Larapinta Creative Camps. Once again Jackie Simons lead us in song. I think Charlie had more fun than he has had in ages, singing his old favourites. Unfortunately my spirit and tolerance at times were dampened by a nasty cold. Its tough being responsible for others when you’re feeling sick and I’m glad when the beauty of the place and good company compensates for my shortfall. There was some beautiful work done on this camp, and despite my cold I was certainly kept busy: we dyed scarves, solar dyed T shirts, created rusted fabric, made books and more. Everything that was created reflected this very special, (feminine?) location!
Its always a great pleasure to camp at the Old Ranger Station on the Finke River near Palm Valley. It’s a stunning location and a comfortable campsite that is easy for us to manage with water on tap, flush toilets and an undercover work area. We were graced with the company of participants who have been so often they have become our good friends. It was chilly at times and we had one extraordinary evening storm followed by a rainy night that made the next morning unusually damp and misty. It was very strange to see the palms at Palm Bend silhouetted by mist. We have had a fairly wet winter so far and everything is green and abundant, especially the buffle grass (an invasive weed) which is unfortunate. The Finke is flowing and exquisite refections abound in Palm Valley. The work produced on this camp was extraordinary in its variety and calibre as you will see if you browse the photos below. Just click any thumbnail for slideshow view.
The photos are mine (Deb’s) unless otherwise acknowledged.