Bush Basketry workshop with Nalda Searles

Nalda Searles is back with a bush basketry workshop to be held during The York Festival in September.

Nalda is one of Australia’s foremost fibre-textile artists. From Professor David Williams (AM), from the ANU “for nearly thirty years she has been an innovator in the use of native fibres and found objects from the environment for the production of fibre-textiles, sculpture and installation artworks.  Her practice draws from the unique landscape of the West of Australia to express the contradictions of post-colonial identity and the complexities of her relationship with the land and its inhabitants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.”

Since the early 1990s, Nalda has worked extensively with indigenous women, including Noongar women in Narrogin, where she established workshops in cloth doll making and sculpture, and with Wongutha women in Kalgoorlie.  This led to a long collaboration with painter Pantjiti Mary Mclean, a Ngaatjatjarra woman and women from the Western Desert.  During 2003 and 2004 Nalda worked with Martu women from the Sandy Desert communities with fibre basketry.

Nalda has curated and been involved in a number of exhibitions that facilitate cross-cultural exchange between artists. These include High fibre diet 1994, recoverings 1997, Fibres arising from the West 2004-2005 and Woven forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia 2005.  In 2013, Nalda curated Fingers & Petals: The Handmade Flower Show with Judy Mary Seward, bring together 100 artists from WA and the Western Desert in a unique collection of finely sculpted handmade flowers.

Her 2012 exhibition “Drifting in my own land” earned her the title ‘living icon of Western Australian art’.  Nalda Searles is represented in major art collections.

Look for more information on Nalda Searles bush basketry workshop at The York Festival on our workshops page.