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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

The Alphabet Club - Saturday detention for I .....


is for 

INDIGENOUS ART...

Australia is lucky to be home to some of the most amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.  One of the most famous was Albert Namatjira.

Here is a commemorative stamp, which shows the artist and a few of his famous paintings.



Of course, a lot of indigenous Australian works of art use dots to create the picture, as these ones below:





Below is an iconograpy, to help you "translate" the paintings above.


Now, if you are not sure what The Alphabet Club is all about ....

  Well, it is the brainchild of Chiara from The Grey Tail and Jo from Serendipitous Stitching and is loosely based on the premise of the movie "The Breakfast Club" - you can see the button for The Alphabet Club on my right sidebar.

On the first Saturday of each month (I know, I know, I am late - again!), members of the club have "detention" and have to post about something that will enlighten others about their culture (as blogland is so diverse).  Of course, there should be something stitchy in there, if possible. Each month will be a different letter of the alphabet - hence the club's name - and, of course, we started with "A" and now we are up to "I"

The Alphabet Club

So, that is "I" for me, this month, if you want to see what the other detainees have been up to, please check them out here.

hugs, 




10 comments:

Lesley said...

The stamps are beautiful as are the other pictures,gorgeous colours.I will be taking a closer look at them with the help of the iconography:) thankyou Kaye.

Bea said...

Beautiful and unique. Thank you so much for sharing.

Barb said...

What an interesting post. Thanks for sharing that beautiful art.

Brigitte said...

Such a great post, Kaye. I have always been fascinated by the art of the indigenous artists of Australia. And I particularly love the art created by the use of dots. So unique, and very old, too.

Melinda said...

WOW this is so interesting. And a sad story too. Thank you for sharing the link to Albert Namatjira.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Interesting post! The artwork is beautiful and must take a lot of patience.

Amy said...

This is a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!

Mini said...

Lovely and informative post. The Indigenous art is beautiful.

Heather said...

Great I I didn't realize the pictures could be translated

Stitching Noni said...

My parents had a couple of Namatjira's prints in the lounge room when I was growing up.
The artwork of the Pilbara artists is just gorgeous - every year the building I work in and company I work for sponsor an exhibition in the foyer - the work is just stunning...
Great post
Hugs xx

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