Through the remnants of shared experience, each stitch becomes bigger than the self. 

The Bird Makers Project is a global initiative devised by Raewyn Hill and Naoko Yoshimoto with Co:3 Australia. It will provide a unique opportunity to connect in a way that provides a purposeful, creative and reflective experience during a time in our world that is uncertain and unstable.

Suitable for beginner and advanced sewers, you will be guided through online resources to create a single black bird made from your own donated piece of black clothing.

These black birds will represent your time in isolation as we stand side by side in an unimagined situation, making history together.

For Western Australian residents, your bird will be collected and become part of a flock of 1001 birds used in the set of Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill’s new work, ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY, premiering in 2021.

Calling all makers to join the birdsong.

The Bird Makers Project is a collaboration between Co:3’s Artistic Director Raewyn Hill and international artist, Naoko Yoshimoto. The project metaphorically expresses the hidden narratives and embedded memories of humanity through the fabric of the clothes we wear every day. This community project will be running continually from April to November 2020.

FREE workshops now available!

We have four FREE WORKSHOP OPTIONS available with our expert bird makers who can guide you through the process of your bird creation. If you’d like to host a workshop (either online or in person) with friends or your community group, just fill in the BOOKING FORM and we’ll be in touch soon to get you going.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Raewyn and Naoko celebrate seven years collaborating together. They first collaborated on the performance “Flock” that premiered at the National Art Centre in Tokyo in 2013, with dancer Alice Kell (now Artistic Associate with Co:3).

Raewyn Hill with Naoko Yoshimoto Image by Stefan GosattiRAEWYN HILL – Artistic Director, Co:3 Australia
Read about Raewyn Hill’s Artistic Philosophy and Artistic Directorship.

NAOKO YOSHIMOTO – International Artist
For more about Naoko Yoshimoto, read her biography.

CONNECT WITH THE BIRD MAKERS COMMUNITY

Self-isolation need not be so lonely – come join the flock!

Join our Facebook Group The Bird Makers Community, hosted by Co:3 Australia’s Atmospheric Coordinator, Paul Rowe aka “Paully”. He will walk (and sing) you through the creative bird making process step-by-step. Connect with other bird makers, share your processes and be inspired by the incredible community we have here in Western Australia.

Tune in to our Spotify playlist The Birds by Co:3 Australia. This is a collaborative playlist, so you are welcome to add your favourite bird related song and dance and sing as you make your bird.

Check us out on Instagram.
#kohthree #movewithus #underthesamesky #thebirdmakersproject

MAKING YOUR BIRD

STEP 1: Check out our What You Will Need Guide and gather all the required materials.

STEP 2: Read the project Terms and Conditions.

STEP 3: Choose from Large Bird Pattern, Medium Bird Pattern or Small Bird Pattern.

STEP 4: Print your chosen pattern or alternatively if you do not have a printer draw the pattern using Patterns Without a Printer Guide.

STEP 5: Download the The Bird Makers Project “Instruction Guide”.

If you do not have a sewing machine, refer to these two guides to hand stitch your Bird – Hand Sewing Your Bird – Backstitch and Hand Sewing Your Bird – Blanket Stitch.

STEP 6: Watch our Step-By-Step Videos to create your bird.

STEP 7: All done? Now Register Your Bird. Don’t forget we’d love to hear your story about personal migration, self-isolation or what meaning the garment that you are donating holds for you.

Note: The deadline for 1001 birds to be created and registered officially with Co:3 Australia is 15 October 2020.

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

Co:3 Australia is grateful for the support of the following partners.      Wesfarmers Arts