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Women of Heritage is taking leaps and bounds with the project involving 24 women from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds and age groups. I’m looking forward to the visual storytelling component of the project, so watch this space!

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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

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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