Today’s tour is all about light – after all today is the shortest day of the year; the winter solstice. This tour was inspired by the most loved community celebrations of the year here in Northern NSW, the Lismore Lantern Parade, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Of course, once I started on the “light” theme, one road led to another and, well, you never quite know what you might find on one of the Seeker’s Sightseeing Tours… shall we begin?
Stopover 1. Lismore Lantern Parade
See more lantern imges at Steven Byrne’s Flickr
It started as a small community event 20 years ago, now the Lismore Lantern Parade has grown into a major tourist attraction that pulls in crowds of up to 30,000. Details of tonight’s parade and fiery finale can be found on their website and on their Facebook page which has regular updates and, no doubt, will be a delight to visit after the parade as well when photos are shared.
These lantern folk are the best in the biz.
Stopover 2. DIY lantern making
Inspired by Lismore’s parade, the Belgrave community in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria held their first winter solstice lantern parade in 2007. If you visit their website you will find instructions on how to get crafty and make your own lantern in either decoupage, Asian style paper lantern or a simple bamboo frame lantern.
Stopover 3. Revamped lamps by Patturn
Geelong artist, Rachel Burke creates these whimsical custom-made lamps using upcycled lamp bases and all manner of vintage papers from sheets of music to vintage magazines, maps and newspapers and her signature paper of choice – vintage sewing patterns.
Each lamp is a unique piece, and you can customise the look by choosing from her extensive range of paper, or buy from her ready-made range.
Stopover 4. Banksia Tealight holders.
Ok, this is a bit left of field, but I’m a fan of banksias. Living on the coast, they are a common sight and earlier this year I watched as banksias growing along a stretch of heathland that had been ravaged by bushfire regenerated themselves with the burnt-black pods slowly opening to release their seeds. We do have some unusual fauna in this country, don’t we?
Stopover 5 – Japanese-style paper candle bags
Also from Biome, created by Swedish designers Tindra, these Japanese-style luminaria candle bags are made of fire-resistant paper. (I did not know there even was such a thing as fire resistant paper. Did you?)
Stopover 6. Vintage Light
Love this vintage reproduction lighthouse poster from Blue Dog Posters
Stopover 7. Upcycled light shades by Sallyann Mill
Where there is light, there is shadow. These sculptural light shades make the most of the play of light. Created from recycled objects such as inner mattress springs and colanders. These are one-of-a-kind art pieces. Made in Melbourne.
See more at Sallyann’s website
Stopover 8 – Harriet Goodall and the Djilpin Arts weavers
NSW fibre artist Harriet Goodall recently ran a workshop with traditional Indigenous weavers from Djilpin Arts in Katherine, Northern Territory to create these beautiful light shades using the women’s traditional basket weaving designs. I love everything about these. Everything.
Images used here are from Harriet’s Facebook page.
Stopover 9: All roads lead to the friendly Seeker society over on Facebook. Do pop in for a visit.