HAND CARVED AND PRINTED TEXTILES FROM WIRADJURI COUNTRY
The Sandhills print was hand carved as a dedication to Lillardia's maternal grandmother. It represents the Sandhill where she grew up located by the banks of the Murrumbidgee river in Narrandera. The artwork emulates the rolling Sandhills of her country and also the connection to the Murrumbidgee river that wraps and intertwines past the Sandhills.
Lillardia's grandmother spoke softly of her upbringing there, the few families and their connections they all shared to the Hill - She always spoke with such joy, resilience and pride when yarning about it. A connection and legacy that will be carried for many generations both past and present.
It also serves as a reminder to Lillardia of the hardships her community faced. The far too familiar story across Australia of Aboriginal mob living on the fringes of town, land removed, sewage plants established within metres of homes and long lasting oppression over the decades.
GAWIMARRA (GATHER) PRINT
Gawimarra print represents the gathering and collecting of natural and abundant resources on Wiradjuri country. It was hand carved after spending a day with aunties on country gathering - moments that are held very dear and naturally display the process of cultural land management and protection as a family.
Each seed depicted in the carving shows them falling to the ground which then reveal an incredible blossom and the wetlands patterns of reeds we gather from. The seeds are only collected once a year when they fall to the ground and signify the coming of warmer seasons.
YINAAGIRBANG (WOMEN'S) PRINT
Yinaagirbang print represents the strong and everlasting connections we share between Aboriginal women in our communities. Between sisters, mothers, cousins and grandmothers each moment of knowledge and compassion that is shared, is shared from not one of us, but thousands consecutively.
Our connection is non linear. Our stories are reborn and continuous and our strength is carried in circles between us from the women before us.
This print is much deeper than fabric - it is a protest and reminder of the continuity of cultural connection and women’s business between our nations on these land since time immemorial. This is part of Lillardia's decolonial act to challenge the matrix of colonial power and to immerse, protect and promote the original cultures of these lands
NGAYIRR (SACRED) PRINT
Ngayirr print represents sacred and mysterious carvings that are located across Wiradjuri country. Many have been destroyed by colonisation, land clearings and farming.
This print reflects the mystery and sacredness of these living and breathing histories and the ongoing destruction of culturally significant carvings to this day.
These ornate carvings show part of our communication through symbol and art specific to our country. The print is a reclamation of sacredness and reasserting our rights and sovereignty.
Grandmother print was created in response to memories of storytelling from Lillardia's grandmother. It reflects on their connections as fresh water mob, the journey and movement of her family along these water sources and the power and mystery of the ancestral men and women in her bloodlines. This print combines colours of natural ochre pigments to reflect the significance of her storytelling and our special old ones.
The PROCESS behind OUR TEXTILES
Lillardia's textile process is a long one. Each artwork is hand carved into blocks for small hand printing and then transferred to screens for larger yardage work this process can take days to complete. On some occasions, Lillardia's artwork is hand painted onto silk screens for larger batch printing. Once all the carvings and screens are complete they are hand printed in studio. We pride ourselves on being in control of the most ethical and sustainable textile process that provides Indigenous led self determination, autonomy and protection of culture and country. We only use natural fibres from reputable sources and water based inks from a Sydney based business.
All of our textiles are exclusively created and hand printed on Wiradjuri country to pay homage to our ancestors and respect our cultural integrity.