Cultural Crossings

Posted for Catherine Dabron:
These are the sketches for my art work in progress.
I will be making a total of three fishermens’ pants in white muslin on which I will embroider, in blue/ grey thread, using  basic stitches in a series of simple designs.

Ghost nets

An intersting article from Craft Australia was posted today in ca news on ghost nets in th eGulf of Carpentaria. Indigenous people are making objects from the nets that are left to clog up the oceans and water way.

String bag book

Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage by Alan West (former Curator in Anthropology and now Research Associate in Museum Victoria’s Indigenous Cultures Department), published by Museum Victoria, 2006, is a useful source book for netters.

There are clear diagrams showing looping and knotting techniques. Gabriella and I bought our copies form the National Museum of Australia and they will order more copies if you ask.


I am drawing imaginary nets to describe ideas about movement, change, between places, fluidity…and have enjoyed looking at Judy watson’s work in the book “Blood Language”.  ValerieJudy Watson: Blood Language

Judy Watson: Blood Language Book Description

Lavishly illustrated, this invaluable study examines the scope and depth of the work of leading contemporary Australian artist Judy Watson. Exploring the plight of the dispossessed, indigenous Australians with whom she shares a family history and heritage, Watson’s works are divided into the seven defining elements within her artistic themes. Each section serves as an extended picture-essay featuring commentary from the artist about her work and travels as well as objective perspectives by art critics. Imaginative and empathetic, Judy Watson’s work is a remarkable example of indigenous Australian art.

Publisher: Melbourne University
Author: Judy Watson, Louise Martin-Chew,
EAN: 9780522856583
Publish Date: 2009-11-30