The Process of Ordinary

Sitting with women making, gathering and preparing materials for work is part of the way I remember my childhood. My mother is a maker, a sewer, a spinner, a weaver, and as a small child, for a few years, my family moved to Arnhem Land, in Remote Northern Australia. This was a traditional island, their connection to culture mostly intact, weaving, carving, bark painting, dyeing fibre, gathering, hunting in season and traditional law were part of their everyday life.

The innate knowledge of art and craft was imprinted in these early years, I never considered the process, it was part of our ordinary lives, I just made things if I wanted to. As a young adult my path became muddled, I got lost, and caught in the transition, the implication that I needed ‘a career’ consumed me, so my making became a ‘hobby’ and my work became a career.

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