Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. July 22-23 2017

Elizabeth Close Arts - The Australasian Showcase Preorders

Elizabeth Close, Aboriginal Artist, activist and Wear All The Babies Keynote Speaker, will be providing the limited opportunity to purchase handpainted, one of a kind, custom babywearing portraits at the Babywearing Collective’s inaugural conference.

Elizabeth Close, Anangu woman and Aboriginal Artist from the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara language groups in the APY lands was an artist and mother of 2 young children when she learned to wrap her baby and toddler in a woven wrap. Messing around one day with her iconic bush-medicine style works, poised with brush in hand, musing about her journey into motherhood; Elizabeth painted the very first of what would become one of her most popular and iconic works to date - “Nyuntju” (otherwise known as the Babywearing Mother).

Elizabeth painted a stylised self portrait of herself with baby wrapped on her back in a double hammock, and older child at her side with little more than single brush strokes, but the community loved their elegant simplicity. The popularity of this initial painting and the subsequent series of works with women breastfeeding, babywearing and mothering, propelled Elizabeth’s artwork to centre stage in the Australian Babywearing community. Elizabeth’s creation of these of these iconic babywearing figures were instrumental in leading to her subsequent work within the babywearing community, designing an exclusive woven wrap for the 2015 Australian Babywearing Conference, and then later working with Australian woven wrap designers and manufacturers, Ankalia.

With that said, we are excited to announce that Elizabeth, who is one of two Keynote Speakers at Wear All The Babies, will be live painting a limited number of watercolour custom babywearing portraits on fine art paper, with 100% of the profits donated to the Outreach Fund of the Australian Babywearing Collective.

Elizabeth will be painting a total of 20 pieces during sessions taking place on both days at ‘The Australasian Showcase’ in the ‘Wear Them Hall’. These will be sold beforehand via preorder on our website and will be available to be collected at the end of both days from the Australasian Showcase - and if you’re lucky, you might even be able to watch her paint yours!

The Australasian Showcase is a unique celebration of Artists of Colour within the Auatralasian Babywearing Community. From Indigenous wrap designers to Australian Aboriginal Artisans, we shine a spotlight on the artists of colour that bring vibrancy and diversity to our community. Curated by Aboriginal Artist Elizabeth Close, this collection is the first of its kind in Australia and works will no doubt sell fast!,

AUSTRALIA

With artwork from the incredible team at Moondani; our Showcase will feature works from Peta Wilson and Tommo Croft of Crofty’s Art. Gail Mabo brings her incredible talent to Brisbane, as does presenter Sasha Hill; who will have works for sale in a number of mediums, including jewellery and bags. We are also delighted to feature other mediums such as dye artistry by the legendary Jennah from Dare 2 Dream Rainbows.

AOTEAROA

From across the ditch, Aroha Textiles owner Nadia Poole brings her unique style, along with Indigenous Māori artist Hirini ‘Heeds’ Katene (of House Of Natives), whose work is best known in our community as the designer behind the Aroha woven wrap ‘Mamaku’.

The Babywearing Collective acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the rich and diverse Indigenous Nations across Australia, from where our members come and from where we live and work. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, and we value Indigenous perspectives in everything we do.

Event Details
Date:
July 22-23 2017

Venue:
Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Tickets:

Fine Art Watercolour Small - Preorder

A5 size watercolour painting on 300gsm acid free fine arts paper with rough tooth. Greyscale with a small number of colours available.

Pickup from The Australasian Showcase at the Wear Them Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd July.

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Fine Art Watercolour Medium - Preorder

A4 size watercolour painting on 300gsm acid free fine arts paper with rough tooth. Greyscale with a small number of colours available.

Pickup from The Australasian Showcase at the Wear Them Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd July.

Sold Out!

Fine Art Watercolour Large - Preorder

A3 size watercolour painting on 300gsm acid free fine arts paper with rough tooth. Greyscale with a small number of colours available.

Pickup from The Australasian Showcase at the Wear Them Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd July.

Sold Out!

EMMA MESSINBIRD ONLY - UPGRADE TO MEDIUM PIECE

Uprgrade to A4 size watercolour painting on 300gsm acid free fine arts paper with rough tooth. Greyscale with a small number of colours available.

Pickup from The Australasian Showcase at the Wear Them Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd July.

Sold Out!

The Artists

Elizabeth Close

Elizabeth is as an Aboriginal woman; an Emergency Nurse, an Artist, an activist and a babywearer. She is a passionate advocate for babywearing as an inclusive and accessible parenting tool. She has made a notable contribution towards creating an inclusive and accessible community, both globally and here in Australia.

Elizabeth will be heading up the Australasian Showcase, as well as presenting the WATB Day 1 Keynote Session Inclusivity Downunder a discussion of creating & maintaining a safe space for everyone. She will also join us as a Special Guest for the Roundtable Session Reaching Out, Looking In a roundtable exploration of the accessibility of babywearing in the wider Australian community. Finally she will be a Panel Member for the Day 2 SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing which will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Sasha Hothuysen (Hill)

Sasha is a qualified social worker currently on maternity leave from her position as Aboriginal Senior Social Worker with the Aboriginal Infant Support Service. As an Aboriginal woman Sasha has lived cultural experience, Aboriginal cultural parenting experience and knowledge of traditional babywearing practices. She has also lived both remotely and in an urban setting and has witnessed the differences in babywearing within the Aboriginal community and empowerment that can come through this. ‘As a social worker and intersectional feminist I also have strong social justice views, in particular centering the value of equity over equality. I am a single mother so also understand the unique struggles/rewards associated with this journey.’

The Babywearing Collective is particularly honoured to have Sasha attend WATB as an artist in the Australasian showcase, as well as a panelist for the Day 2 ‘SPECIAL PANEL: The Decolonisation of Babywearing’. This will be a frank and open panel discussion about the politics of babywearing as a culturally appropriated tradition.

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Peta Wilson

Peta is an Aboriginal Australian woman, physiotherapist, babywearing mother and owner of the woven wrap company Moondani Australia. She started Moondani as a way to combine all of her passions and finds running her company very rewarding work: ‘Running a textile business is very hands on. From designing the artwork, to working with a range of different yarns and weaves to create the perfect wrap: fibre geekery is what I live and breathe all day long. I love it!”

Peta, as the face of Moondani Australia, will be supporting WATB as the Platinum Sponsor, a featured artist in the Australasian Showcase, the Project One Heart special event photographer a vendor, and a speaker! What a multi-talented woman!

Peta is incredibly excited to bring this love of fibres to ‘Wear All The Babies’ as presenter of the session From Fibre To Fluff a session dedicated solely to absolute geekery.

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Nadia Poole

Nadia is a New Zealand Chinese and European woman, and the owner of ‘Aroha Textiles’, based in Auckland, NZ. She lives with her partner and daughter and three cats. She describes herself as a ‘jack of all trades and master of none type’, having done all kinds of work over the last 20 years. However at the moment she loves the freedom of working for herself, while also being with her daughter as much as possible.

For a long time Nadia lived and worked amidst creative and artistic talent, although she considered herself more of a spectator than a creator. ‘I think everybody has an instinct towards creativity. With a longstanding love of textiles I quickly became smitten with woven wraps and dreamed of being able to make my own. It was a dream that I just couldn’t shake, and though I didn’t know the ‘how’, I did know the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. Somehow my passion for babywearing surpassed my hesitations over launching a business. Motherhood gave me a new kind of courage (it was already a new phase of life!) and not giving things a go just wasn’t a proper option. So ‘Aroha Textiles’ was born - and here I am!’

Beginning her business ‘Aroha Textiles’ has been a challenge on many levels. Nadia particularly enjoys exploring the process of turning ideas into tangible objects, especially because the objects involved are more useful, long-lasting and meaningful than anything else she has tried her hand at.

As well as featuring in the Australasian showcase, Nadia will be attending as a WATB vendor AND bringing her knowledge of design as a panelist on the Design Panel The Designer’s Eye, a behind the scenes peek at the design process with a panel of local artists and enthusiasts.

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