What a pleasure to hang out with the lovely Building Roots team again.
When the stay home protocol began in reaction to COVID 19, we had done quite a few of the Do it Together workshops hosted by Kate Hamilton from Building Roots,
Building Roots facilitators and friends got together last Thursday for a trial online version of the Do it Together workshops usually hosted in the Moss Park Market space. The workshop featured: poetry, birdsong, garden tips, birdfeeder crafting, music appreciation, guided meditation and discussion about community PLUS this walkthrough on making a beeswax wrap (video above featuring Works-in-Progress artists Tanya Murdoch)
I followed another tutorial online to do this the first time, you can find that link on our useful info page. Here are some notes:
Some things to remember: beeswax wraps are a reusable alternative to cling wrap, the original wax paper, and they can be made from repurposed old shirts, sheets... just wash them first and cut them up into squares, circles... a shirt may inspire you as sleeves or pockets can work as little snack or lunch bags with little sewing.
-Beeswax is anti-microbial, so the wraps will keep naturally food fresh and resist mold
-they can be wrapped directly around cheese or vegetables or sandwiches, but should not replace butcher paper for meat
-you can use as a cover. if they do not stick enough just tie with elastic or string.
-additions of oil or rosin can make them more malleable and more sticky, more like cling wrap.
-you can wash them with soap and cold water at the sink. Don't wash in hot water or the wax will melt.
To make simple wraps you need:
upcycled cotton or linen cloth (manmade fabrics may melt)
can also add rosin or oil to change qualities.
art experiments turning waste into beauty