STORY - Neutral Mug Collection
Country and Community
This work represents our ties to Country and community. The meeting place symbols and intricate dotting symbolises these links. Country gives us a sense of belonging, which includes cultural, emotional and social ties that bind us to family, kin and community. Our connection to country is inherent, we are born to it, it is how we identify ourselves, it is our family, our lore, our responsibility, our inheritance and our legacy. We are a diverse group of people of hundreds of nations, and clans within those nations. Each with our own unique connection to Country, traditions and beliefs, languages, knowledge systems, lore and art. Our communities also keep our cultural heritage alive by passing our sacred knowledge, arts, ceremonies and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, teaching accountability, protecting cultural lore, sacred and significant sites, and objects.
This work represents weaving, which is one of the oldest art forms in the world.
Weaving expresses our cultural identity and traditions that date back many
thousands of years. Our ancient art of weaving has been used to create food tools, baskets, fishing nets and skin cloaks for warmth. Ceremonial and traditional objects are made from plant materials gathered from the bush or string made from animal and human hair. The various grasses and leaves are stripped into ideal widths, then softened by soaking them in water or by drawing them through hot ashes. Plants, bulbs and leaves required for different weaving methods are collected at specific times of year. Our dilly bags, containers, floor mats and rope are expertly made, showing the skill that has been passed on by women for over a thousand generations.
Always will Be
This work represents sand hills and Country, symbolising our ongoing connection to the land. We have thrived and lived sustainably with the land we now call Australia for more than 60 000 years. The warm natural colours represent the sand, ochre and colours of the Country. We are the ancient people of this land - we respect and listen to the land, our elders and the ancient spirits - our ancestors have walked this sacred country for millennia and continue to live on in the land, water and the sky. This connection and relationship to Country continues to remain strong today.
This painting symbolises the sun and it’s importance to Aboriginal people and culture. Aboriginal people have a rich lore associated with the sky and many stories and ceremonies are tied to the sky. The sun is a woman, and is of great significance, as she is a source of energy, life and protection.