Check out the YarnHeart Gallery

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Images from the first YarnHeart Workshop in Bagot

July 3 YarnHeart Workshop in Bagot
July 3 YarnHeart Workshop in Bagot

Heart and records a good mix for NAIDOC!

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The City of Darwin did a heart making workshop at Bagot using old records, to celebrate NAIDOC Week! Big thanks Darwin City and Aly De Groot (workshop facilitator). They look amazing! imageimageimageimageimage


How to organise your own YarnHeart crafternoon

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Connect your community and organise a YarnHeart crafternoon where you live. YarnHeart can connect us in so many different ways – with our friends and family, work colleagues, local communities, online and of course with Bagot. Help us connect Australia by bring together people, stories and handmade hearts!

Resilience and music: rock on

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Me and the Kukey girls. You can hear us at backyard parties and special events.
Me and the Kukey girls. You can hear us at backyard parties and special events.

Music is one of those things that I always turn to when I want to celebrate, commiserate or just contemplate. Lately I have been lucky enough to perform again with a group of friends and the experience has been a bonding one. Rehearsing over a meal and some drinks, retraining our ears to hear the parts of others not just our own, learning to watch each other for cues and taking our turns to shine has been an experience that other activities just don’t come close to replicating. In turn, getting up in front of others and performing is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. But the end result is empowering. An ‘I did it’ feeling, regardless of the quality of the turn in the spotlight.

I loved reading this article by Joanne Ruksanas from The Conversation about the link between resilience and music, mainly because it validates my own perspective but also because of the way resilience is described:

Resilience is an important characteristic often referred to as an umbrella trait. It does not remove problems – but it provides shelter and protection while people make choices about how they will deal with what they are facing.

How beautiful. This description doesn’t deny the fact of the storm, nor the fact that shelter might be required. It draws a picture of being able to find some time to get your bearings and decide what to do next.

Music, gratitude, art, connection to others; all contribute to make this umbrella that provides shelter from the storm, and helps us to emerge when the sun comes out again.

My son has witnessed my fervour in this regard. He came home one day, eager to start learning guitar. I was thrilled. We set off for the local music store (we’re very lucky to have one), grabbed an acoustic guitar and booked in for lessons. After about lesson three, he was less enthusiastic but I encouraged him to persist, even bribing him with slushie drinks. I never heard any adult ever voice regrets about having music lessons. The reverse though, I’ve heard plenty.

Maybe Binky should do a music project? If you have an idea, let me know. I have explored this thought with some musician friends, and I think there’s potential. In the meantime, let’s celebrate music. It may just be the ticket to a better life.


Facebook isn’t all bad

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Check out this post from Greater Good Science Centre. If you like someone’s posts on Facebook, there’s a good chance you may welll like them face to face too…

YarnHeart – bringing together stories and hearts from across Australia

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Binky Collective and Darwin Festival are proud to present YarnHeart, a wonderful tactile, fun and colourful installation at the Bagot Aboriginal Community Festival, I Heart Bagot on 16 and 17 August, that brings together stories and handmade hearts from across Australia.

YarnHeart connects you and your community to Bagot Communityy through sharing a  simple symbol of happiness and talking about the things we love in the places we live. These simple acts connect us, heart-to-heart, to our shared experiences as human beings. Make a heart in any way – be creative. Pop it in the mail. Tell us what you’re grateful for in your community. In exchange, you will receive a portrait from a Bagot Community member featuring your very own heart, with their personal grateful message. The YarnHeart exchange will be published online and the hearts will feature as an installation at the festival. So get yarning! For more info go to our YarnHeart page or email us on