The relationship between community and culture was explored during Place Names Langford. Community education was led by Len Collard from Moodjar Consultancy and Noongar Elder Geri Hayden. This creative project brought women together in the name of sharing stories while preserving and celebrating culture.
Artists from the Langford Aboriginal Association’s Art and Yarning group were led by textile artist Suize Vickery and Natalie Scholtz to create a topographic textile artwork that maps Langford’s waterways, flora and fauna and built environment.
Composed of recycled materials and found objects, many significant stories, memories and knowledge of Langford’s place names are interwoven in the eclectic work of art that is now displayed at WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Apart from learning embroidery, stitching, and applique techniques, participants were shown how artistic expression can be used to explore Noongar stories, language and culture.
“Working on this project has been the most inspiring and exciting experience for me. I have never worked on something like this before and was unsure of the outcome. The finished product absolutely blew my mind.”
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