Inspiring Quotes from the Conference …….   Canberra March 2013

“pinning craft on the wall doesn’t make fine art. Taking the tradition into a contemporary space into installations and experimenting with how the traditional uses of the form interpret into modern life is the ‘art’ of the object and concepts” Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Director of LOOK, artist

“Tradition is not Static” Christiane Keller, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University

“Culture evolves, Aunty Joice makes her scoops in the footy colours” Melanie Evans, Art Gallery Assistant, Wagga Wagga, Art Gallery

“need to maintain and protect cultural practices, make new forms from old, translating tradition into contemporary” Lucy Simpson, Director of Gaawaa Miyay Designs

“I use the materials of my everyday life, just like they would have” Rex Green, Paperbark Canoe artist

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“knowledge gained through practice is an important and vital part of the future of human beings” Professor Howard Morphy, Director of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, The Australian National University

“When we weave we think of our stories and weave them into our sculptures…. We like to make these sculptures so they can go into the world and tell our stories, it shows our culture is still strong.” Josephine Watjari Mich, and Nyurpaya Kaika-Burton artists

“Telling old stories with new materials” Nalda Seares artist

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“Not just about a product; Its about the making process and that’s what supports and builds the community. Our hands will take us into the future.” Louise Hamby, Adjunct Fellow, Digital Humanities Hub, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, The Australian National University.

Images of the making and sharing at the Conference have a look at this link for the line up of amazing people that came to tell their stories.

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