I had heard about a tradition among Aborigines in Australia where they would make a message, or memory, bag when travelling to visit someone, and needed to take a message. The bag was made of plant string, and would contain a few items as reminders of the content of the message.
I made my own ‘memory bag’ at the summer school. The structure is made of materials gathered from the sites we visited during the week, mainly plants,but also found items. They each have their own story. It’s a memory of that week, for me, but contains memories for the future. One day the lid of a tin can might be an exciting archaeological find?
Plants include bracken stems, marram grass roots, root tangles found on the beach, as well as string made from montbretia, yellow iris and rush. I could go on, and on…. but enough for now