A project which took up the greater part of the last few months of 2016 was detailed illustrations for a calendar. Despite the fact as a result of these drawings I now have RSI, an unknown spinal issue, and am legally blind, I am told it's quite effective.
The first run sold out in a week.
A fantastic project to be asked to work on for NAIDOC week, and I incorporated the winning NAIDOC painting by Lani Balzan, of the Wiradjuri: Songlines Tie All Aboriginal People Together.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee), can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
I'm looking forward to beginning work on a project for Ross Storey, who is a local Noongar artist and musician, and Ross was a performer at this NAIDOC event.
I was thrilled to be asked to design another banner for the Banners in the Terrace competition in 2016. Banners in the Terrace by WALGA is the largest community arts project in WA.
Wickepin Shire is the home of Albert Facey, and I have been a fan of his autobiography, A fortunate Life, since I was a kid.
The artwork got tonnes of great feedback on social media which was super.
The quote is one of the most famous in the book. It takes a little bit of thought, but almost everything Mr Facey wrote is a dreamy poem.
Writer: Geire Kami. Published in The Wanderer Magazine (national syndication) March 2015
With tourism coming in as the third biggest industry in Australia, lots of interesting events have started to pop up across the minor interior to cater for visitors and locals alike. While you’ll discover the energy and the isolation of the outback, you’ll also experience the vibrancy of some of Australia’s hidden gems.
Many of the big RV and caravan shows have increased in size over the last several years, showing a marked increase in self-drive tours across the country. Recent tourism research in Western Australia has shown a nice spread of intra/interstate, and international tourists taking in the sights.
You would be forgiven for thinking that 4WD, caravanning, and RVing are fast becoming an Aussie tradition as more and more people discover the freedom of the open road, but we have long known the benefits of hitting the highway for a memorable holiday.
The Dryandra Country Art, Food and Wine Trail has been building in popularity over the last couple of years in a pretty and accessible region of southern Western Australia. It is definitely worth the visit if you are thinking of heading out west for some scenic touring in autumn.
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