I recently spent a few days working on the Australia Challenge. There are so many gorgeous photos on flickr that it’s possible to lose quite a bit of time on there 🙂 I finally settled on a couple of photo sets from Arnhem Land and Kakadu for my inspiration. For this first piece, I was inspired by the photos with orange and red tones-the rock art, sunset, fire.
For this second piece I was inspired by a couple of photos from the Arnhem Land set with pale blue and red colours, particularly this photo of rock art.
The photographer, Jon Connell has lots of great photos from Australia on his photostream, if you get chance, do check them out.
My last piece was inspired by the Aboriginal Flag designed by artist Harold Thomas.
Harold Thomas was one of the Stolen Generations, taken from his parents at the age of 7. He won a scholarship to the South Australian School of Art and later worked at the South Australian Museum, the first aboriginal to be employed by a museum in Australia. He has been a campaigner for Aboriginal civil rights and land rights. If you don’t know about the stolen generations, Wikipedia has some information, and Doris Pilkington Garimara’s book ‘Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence’ is excellent. I should warn you that it’s heartbreaking.
The theme for this quarter’s Studio Challenge is ‘Australia’.
What do you picture when you think of Australia? Is it the unique wildlife like Koalas, Kangaroos or maybe the Duckbilled Platypus?
Maybe it’s the red soil and impressive landscapes?
Perhaps it’s something more political like stolen land or the stolen generations.
Or maybe it’s aboriginal art, the dreamtime or their excellent films?
We’re a bit late posting this quarter, so there’s just over two months for this challenge, but that’s plenty of time 🙂 You can use any medium you like as long as it includes fabric, fibres or felt, and it can be any size or shape you like. If you’d like to join in, please join our Flickr group and post your photos there with a tag of “Australia Challenge”. Or if you have your own blog, post about the challenge and then come back here and leave us a comment with a link so we can check out your Australia inspired piece or even just your thoughts and inspirations.