Baling Twine Betty at Oberon Library

RECYCLED:  Lyndle Hawkes' Baling Twine Betty and a woven sunhat is part of the Waste 2 Art display at Oberon Library.

RECYCLED: Lyndle Hawkes' Baling Twine Betty and a woven sunhat is part of the Waste 2 Art display at Oberon Library.

OBERON Library can help you with the raw material for your Waste 2 Art competition entry if you choose to work on this year's theme of baling twine and strapping.

The library has a collection box for baling twine and strapping - take yours in or help yourself to construct your entry.

For artistic inspiration, see the display in the glass cabinet at the library, introducing Baling Twine Betty and a woven sunhat (on loan from Lyndle Hawkes). Baling Twine Betty is made from a throwaway coffee cup and her dress shows off the colour range of the plastic twine we find lurking in our barns. The little blue pieces found chopped up in lucerne feed can be a health hazard to livestock.


Council staff are now co-ordinating our local W2A competition and exhibition after more than 10 years' pioneer work by Friends of the Oberon Library. The artworks made for the competition in all mediums will be on show at the Robert Hooper Community Centre from May 15 to 18.

The honour of holding the Regional Exhibition has come to Oberon this year. Lucy and John East are making available the Malachi Gilmore Hall for three-and-a-half weeks from July 29 to August 17. We will welcome visitors from the Central Tablelands and Central West to the Netwaste exhibition of prize-winning artworks and see many practical examples of recycling from the region.

For any inquiries, contact Lynette Safranek at Oberon Council on 6336 0742.


SALLY Blackwell will run a free Waste 2 Art workshop on Saturday, March 23 from 10.30am to 3pm.

Sally is an artist from Bowen Mountain who experiments with natural fibres, grasses, vines, recycled materials and other materials found in her environment to turn what might have been wasted into something useful and pleasing to the eye.

Each piece is unique, drawing from whatever comes to hand that sparks the imagination. In Sally's workshop, participants will use baling twine and whatever else is on hand to weave three-dimensional designs.

Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Phone Oberon Library, 6329 8220.