There is more to know about the women behind this Indigenous business.
Q. Who’s ya mob and where are you from?
A. My Mob are the Worimi people and I am from a small town called Taree along the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
Q. How did you get started in Gillawarra Arts?
A. My Aunty Krystal saw that I have talent creating my own designs and paintings and decided to talk me into joining the family business.
Q. Why is your culture important to you?
A. My culture is important to me because of the knowledge women share with each other and everyone connecting with one another when we come together.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. I draw my inspiration from being around nature, whether it's the river, trees, animals or the ocean.
Q. What are your favourite materials to work with and why?
A. My favourite materials would have to be raffia and quandongs, and all kinds of beads such as coral, glass and wooden. Because there are so many things that you can create with them and turn it into something that reminds you of your journey or that shows the connection between stories and the land in every piece that I create.
Q. What do you want the world to know about Indigenous Jewellery making?
A. For me it's important that people know the only the story behind the piece of jewellery itself but also the connection you feel when you wear it. I also want people to know that our culture is strong and important to me, we are still here and our people are doing amazing things.
Q. What can we expect from you in 2019?
A. To show more knowledge. I’ll be creating new designs and experimenting with old and new materials. You can also expect more photoshoots, hopefully, a fashion show featuring our new designs and having beautiful models showing them off.
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