Dorcas Ashley

Aug 2014

Dorcas Ashley Bush Toy

Charming and highly accomplished Wägilak woman Dorcas Ashley began her foray into the spell binding and intricate art of weaving as a young girl under the ongoing guidance of her mother and grandmother. With a far reaching knowledge and incredible skill in weaving and jewellery making, Dorcas has however remained loyal to traditional methods and materials, travelling far and wide to find and harvest the exact seed, leaf, root or bark from local flora, all of which require an involved and time consuming process of preparation before suitable to craft.

Dorcas is also an experienced and highly regarded teacher and has facilitated many workshops, including the Pandanus Project 2008, Barunga and Timber Creek Festivals 2009, Barthulha Webs 2010, Batchelor College 2011, the Godinymayin Cultural Centre opening and Bush Birds Workshops 2012, and the Barramundi Dreaming Festival 2014.

Dorcas Ashley’s drive and passion is founded in the preservation of this unique, traditional, and amazingly beautiful craft for future generations and for this we thank her. Originally from Ngukurr and Bardawarrka outstation, Dorcas has been a Katherine resident since 2008 and is now one of Katherine’s finest treasures.

This month Dorcas is generously facilitating a children’s workshop, proudly presented by Katherine Regional Arts, Bush Toys, which forms part of WOW, Women of the World Festival Katherine 2014.