Woven Mindi Nest Basket by Emily Murray | Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre
This exquisite piece draws on the traditional forms of Mindi baskets, made by the Indigenous peoples of the far northern regions of Queensland, Australia. Turn this sweet basket on its side and it becomes a nest - complete with a sweet little wire bird! Historically, Mindi baskets were finely crafted from grasses and were used to carry message sticks. Here we see traditional forms reimagined with contemporary materials - plastic coated wire! The result is a strikingly bold and colourful sculptural piece with layers of historical significance.
Emily Murray (Girramay / Jirrbal Traditional Owner) has a very strong connection to place and heritage and draws from traditional stories, calendar events in the lives of plants and animals, and the places where she lives and camps for her inspiration. Emily is not afraid of a challenge and works across a number of mediums including weaving, painting and ceramics. As a weaver of traditional mindi baskets, Emily has been a tutor and demonstrator of weaving practises at schools and art centres across Far North Queensland.
Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre is home to multi-award winning artists and craftsmen. Located in Cardwell, Queensland, Girringun represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups: the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhan, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people spanning 25,000 square kilometres of country in the state's far-North. Objects from this country are significantly different from those of much of the rest of Australia. Weaving is done by both men and women, and the diversity of resources between land and sea have resulted in a vast array of implements being crafted for use.
As a living functioning art centre, Girringun serves as a creative and community hub, as well as a culturally enhancing income stream. Every purchase supports the artists, their communities and the important work of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.
Size: 21 x 16 x 15cm ( including handle)
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