This replica design mimics a basket from made by an old Aunty which is held in a museum overseas from a private collection. It was made around 1850. The pattern portrays a stylised theme of basketry from this era and acknowledges Wadawurrung pattern design. I feel my recreation acknowledges the transfer of knowledge and the journey it has taken me on through research and design elements to showcase a continuity of Wadawurrung culture.
Tammy Gilson is a descendent of the Wadawurrung people on her maternal side and English basket weavers on her parental side and is an award-winning traditional weaver and Blak Designer. Gilson's love of natural fibres and her journey from utilitarian vessels to aesthetic contemporary forms express both her deep connection to the natural environment around her whilst acknowledging her ancestors and their traditional practices. She represents sustainability through the lived experience and knowledge as she gathers flax and lomandra that she used in her woven beenyak - basket. Tammy is also a Cultural Fire Practitioner with the objective to heal Country and enhance biocultural landscapes to gather resources for her practice.