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Women of Heritage Newcastle Stories

As outlined in my previous posts, ‘Women of Heritage’ was an initial concept influenced by the exploration of my own cultural heritage and identity.

Due to my interest in cultural diverse communities, came the idea to further explore and celebrate these communities which reside in Newcastle. From here I have invited women and families to participate in the project, with 10 participants to date from German, Italian, Irish and Croatian background, with more ready to take part.

Below are some images of the projects initial development (Stage 1);

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Some of the face mask moulds drying.
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Mother and daughter participants of multicultural heritage
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A local participant of German heritage
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Women of Heritage – Portraits

Women of Heritage is a multi-layered project which commenced earlier in the year. It initially began as an exploration into my own cultural identity, from visually depicting and interpreting characteristics, domestic roles and the spiritual beliefs and practices which connected women in my family (including myself) to their cultural heritage, from both the traditional and contemporary associations and disconnections.

The format as to how these are being represented is through portraits and masks,  with each utilising a range of mediums, cultural motifs and decorative designs. Below are some works in progress demonstrating these processes;

Women of Heritage - Collage - Mum

Women of Heritage - collage - yaya

Women of Heritage (Part 1) continued

Here are the results of the works in progress from family members to participants from the local Newcastle community.

I feel so connected to this project and the response from those willing to participate has been very humbling and overwhelming, with more women engaging with the project.

I am so passionate about sharing others cultural stories and creating a visual voice to those willing to open their lives to the broader community.

This project is about celebrating and showcasing our culturally diverse community from a female perspective, including an opportunity for women to tell their own individual stories reflective of cultural identity and connectedness.

Renew Newcastle Open Studio Event Participants
Renew Newcastle Open Studio Event Participants
My mum and two of my three sisters
My mum and two of my three sisters

EarthlyInk Studio is Open!

It is now complete and ready! EarthlyInk is now operational from Wolfe Studios, Wolfe Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia. With four floors of creative entrepreneurs, this will be an exciting and innovative place.

Looking forward to keeping you updated.

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With less than two weeks until my opening I have been busy completing my works, including two mixed media paintings, five illustrations and two ceramic wall sculptures. The opening will be taking place Saturday 6 September at Four Point Gallery, Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW, AUSTRALIA 5pm-7pm, with the amazing and highly talented, Emma Cother founder and manager of The Backyard Bus (artist in residency program), officially opening the event – http://www.emeraldviolin.com.

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It has been an eventful and hit the ground running year! Including the rebranding of my logo and arts business, EarthlyInk developed by Newcastle based graphic design company Neon Zoo, successfully acquiring my first major tender with Wyong Shire Council as their Arts Program Coordinator to finally completing and submitting an ArtsNSW grant auspice by Newcastle’s leading art organisation, Octapod – http://www.octapod.org

           Works In Progress

 

Learning to Breathe

Enjoying the simple things in life
Enjoying the simple things in life

Learning to breathe and basically stop, is something that hasn’t been so easy to do the past five months. From setting up house, acquiring my first ever arts tender to finding time to complete a body of work for an up and coming art exhibition, and than everything else in-between has started to leave my emotional and spiritual health a little battered. So I say it’s time to recoup and have a temporary escape plan and enjoy the simple things in life – family, the outdoors and fresh food! Sounds good! Escape Plan 1: I have organised a family weekend away involving a cabin near the beach, open fresh air, bush walking and a lot of relaxation. Escape Plan 2: a three day surprise birthday getaway for my hubby, child free! I cannot remember the last time we did something like this since having our son.

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