Langford Aboriginal Association’s art and yarn group’s latest project to utilise leaves, textiles and recycled materials


Janine Solomon, Adella-May Ryder-Barclay, Trina Hayden, Neroli Blurton, Anne Oxenham, Raelee Cook and Linda Carlsson. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481322
Janine Solomon, Adella-May Ryder-Barclay, Trina Hayden, Neroli Blurton, Anne Oxenham, Raelee Cook and Linda Carlsson. Picture: Bruce Hunt d481322

WHAT do leaves, textiles and recycled material have in common?

They are all ingredients in the Langford Aboriginal Association’s art and yarn group’s latest project.

The group has created a topographic, fabric map of Langford, made completely from recycled materials and found objects, such as leaves and gumnuts.

Members divided a map of Langford and were encouraged to add personal themes and their own unique style by gluing and sewing objects to their section, before the group pieced the map back together.

Artist Adella-May Ryder-Barclay said personal touches, like including a Moodjar (a Christmas Tree), made the project feel more intimate and special to her.

“The Christmas Tree is very important in Aboriginal culture, when people pass away, they can go back to that tree,” she said.“It’s a scared little tree, when you see a Christmas Tree, you remember that spirit.”

Ms May said the group had enjoyed the challenge of creating a cohesive map while incorporating everyone’s own unique styles.

“We loved the challenge of getting it together and everyone doing a different piece, representing things differently and then putting it together,” she said.

The artists will display their work at the Revealed Exhibition and Art Market at the Fremantle Art Centre on April 7 and will add the finishing touches to the map during a live stitching.

The Langford Aboriginal Association’s art and yarn group operates out of Imber Turn every Tuesday. All are welcome.

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