Weaving old and new together

March 24, 2024 BY

The current exhibition in the Capital foyer by First Nations artist Trina Dalton-Oodjes tells her story of healing.

THE Capital theatre is currently host to an exhibition of woven artworks by a local Wadawurrung and Gunditjmara woman.

Trina Dalton Oodjes’s body of work Weaving Threads brings together traditional and heritage weaving techniques to converge with contemporary colours.

The exhibition tells the story of the artist’s personal and spiritual healing journey, and using the crafts of clay pottery and fibre weaving, Dalton-Oodjes explores cultural narratives that span generations.

Weaving Threads by Trina Dalton-Oodjes is on until August. Photos: ALICIA S. COOK


In her artist’s statement, Dalton said she is deeply connected to her practice, and the cultural and spiritual practices of her ancestors.

“Drawing inspiration from the wisdom of my ancestors and elders, I pay homage to their traditions and the stories passed down through generations,” Dalton-Oodjes wrote.

The exhibition features large and small-scale pieces that are arranged in a way that invites slow perusal of the artwork.

One corner of the room contains clay pottery accompanied by brightly coloured woven works that create a multi-dimensional space for the viewer to appreciate Dalton-Oodjes work.

Trina Dalton-Oodjes combines weaving and clay pottery to tell cultural narratives that span generations.


“Through the fusion of clay and fibre, and rhythmic motion of my hands and the careful selection of materials, I seek to create a space where healing can unfold,” said Dalton-Oodjes.

Dalton-Oodjes is a multi-disciplinary artist and her works have been featured in shows around the state as well as on fashion runways.

Weaving Threads is part of Bendigo Venues and Events Local Artists Program held in the Capital Theatre Foyer. The exhibition can be viewed Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm until 5 August.