25 March 2017
Join sisters, artists, curators, and Ngugi women belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay, Freja and Elisa Jane Carmichael, for an afternoon of weaving and yarning. Workshop participants are invited to join the weaving circle, learn basic techniques, and share stories.
Freja and Elisa Jane come together to share their knowledge and experiences surrounding weaving, textiles, and their identity as Aboriginal women. This event marks the last day of Willem De Rooij: Ebb Rains, an exhibition that includes textile works produced using both traditional and industrial methods of weaving and printing.
Freja Carmichael is a curator and arts worker who draws inspiration from her cultural heritage and community. She is passionate about the preservation and promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fibre practices and collaborative curatorial approaches. She recently curated Gathering Strands, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fibre exhibition at Redland Art Gallery (2016) and co-curated Art of the Skins, Possum Skin Cloak Making cultural revival project at the State Library of Queensland (2016). Carmichael is alumni of The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership Program at the National Gallery of Australia and has completed a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland. In 2015 she received an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship and in 2016 was selected as the National Gallery of Australia’s International Indigenous Arts fellow to undertake a residency at Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Elisa Jane Carmichael
Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. She is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea—Yoolooburrabee. She is a Fine Art graduate of the Queensland College of Art and recently completed a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion by Research at the Queensland University of Technology. Carmichael’s work is held in Queensland Museum and Redlands Art Gallery collections. In 2016, she worked with Urban Art Projects as an assistant to Judy Watson for her recently launched public art sculptural commission, tow row, that recognises the 10th anniversary of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. She is currently Artist in Residence at Gilimbaa in Alice Springs developing a collaborative project ‘Connecting Waves’.