The Wray Avenue Lantern Mob

We had a such great time on Sunday with our neighbours on Wray Ave crafting it up for March of the Lanterns.

With an eye on March 31, Heather, Phoebe, Alexis, Matt, Louise, Bonnie, Harry, Kelly and Jeanette joined Emma and myself to busy away at tube and box paper lanterns, using markers paints and fabric. Thanks everyone, it was fantastic.

How amazing it will be to see lanterns like this stretching along each side of the avenue at the end of March!

Tube lantern - "Let us learn, love and live together"

With practically no lantern making experience amongst us, we managed to put together over twenty lanterns to make our houses come alive with colour and light. It was a steep learning curve but we found within ourselves the capacity to make things that came from within ourselves and looked beautiful. Go team!

What was really amazing was that none of us really new more than a few others. Apart from Emma, I knew Jeanette from next door and I’d met Heather once before. I was really worried people wouldn’t be feel comfortable participating in something creative with strangers like this. It exceeded all my expectations and dreams; I’m super-dooper happy about it!

Box lantern - The Rubik's Cube

Not everyone was from Wray Avenue either, with Phoebe coming around the corner on Attfield Street and her friend Alexis coming from further afield in Beaconsfield. This only added to the sense of community and positivity.

In keeping with the sustainability theme for Earth Hour, we used recycled materials where possible. These included recovered materials sourced from REmida, packaging and boxes from nearby stores and fabric from op shops.

Our glue was a non-toxic mix of flour (1 cup), water (1 1/2 cups), sugar (1/3 cup) and white vinegar (1 teaspoon), the recipe taken from the sustainableecho website.

Pyramid lantern prototype

The star of the day was young Harry, a Beaconsfield Primary School student, who exhibited engineering skills far beyond his age.

Ben D’Silva from Bentech Computers had hoped to make it too and we hope that he can make it next time.

Rumour had it that there is a house on Wray with significant lantern making experience, we just don’t know who it is. If you know, please let us know! We’ love to run professional lantern making workshops on March 31 and someone from the neighbourhood would be perfect.

If you couldn’t make it but want to be involved or have other ideas, please post a comment or get in touch.

Our next lantern making workshop will be at the Cappuccino Strip Street Club Party in Kings Square on Thursday night from 5-8pm. If you would like to come down and make some lanterns, or just say “hi” we’d love to see you there!

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March of the Lanterns

Something exciting is happening next month. Emma and I have had a novel idea for the avenue and we’re putting it into action.

If you live on the Ave, you may have come by this in your mailbox:

Our goal is to have a fun evening where a paper lantern is lit out the front of every house and business on Wray Avenue. As Fremantle’s only avenue, I believe Wray could look beautiful with decorated paper lanterns lining the sides of the street.

We’ve decided to coincide the official lighting of lanterns with Earth Hour as it represents a great opportunity for people to take time to get out of their houses, mingle with neighbours, enjoy a stroll along our street and enjoy the sight of some beautiful lanterns away from any electrical devices.

That’s on the 31st of March, and I’m suggesting we spread ourselves out on the footpath and verge, fire up some barbecues, play some games and have a good time in our neighbourhood. I’d be great to finish this with a lighting of the lanterns and a walk along Wray Ave to check out everyone’s decorated lights.

That’s just my idea for it though; I’d love to know what you think, as I’d love it to be our event, driven by everyone on the street. So other suggestions are welcome and we can have a more definite schedule closer to the event. Please post as a comment below.

Prior to Earth Hour, we are having a lantern making workshop this coming Sunday (the 26th) from 2 until 5 at my house, number 40 Wray Avenue. Please let me know if you’d like to come along. It’d be great to meet you and have you lend a pair of hands to making lanterns – even if it’s only for an hour. Kids are welcome too, but please RSVP so we can cater appropriately.

Hopefully we can use this time to make the bulk of the 100+ lanterns that will be needed to line the street.

The project is kindly supported and funded by the City of Fremantle as part of their plan for Earth Hour.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you, if not this Sunday then on March 31st.

We’ll post more info closer to the date.