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A monthly newsletter from Craft Australia - Australia's craft & design network

Issue #67 - August 2011     view on the web | subscribe to newsletter | contact us |

1 Editorial

Indigenous craft - sustaining visual story telling

August is a month for the celebration and recognition of Australian Indigenous craft, arts and culture. Across Australia this month, from Cairns through Darwin to Perth, as well as at the British Museum in London, are award-winning exhibitions showcasing the vigour and freshness of Indigenous stories and craft.

Torres Strait Island culture is on show in Brisbane and in Cairns, reflected in sculptural works of headdresses, masks, fibre nets, metal cast dugong refined from wood carvings and digital printed textiles, ceramics and jewellery from mixed media including metal, shell and seed pods.

A key movement is the use of 'ghost nets', materials discarded and lost at sea. Indignenous craft has also positioned itself within contemporary art as a means to address the shared history of colonialism in Australia.

Enjoy the stories and issues raised within the interviews, reviews and tale of adventure as Indigenous artists and crafts people discuss their cultural practice across craft media, advocate for first class technical skills and present their conceptual investigations on sustainability.

2 Feature articles