An image of Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

(Australia  – )

Marie McMahon

(Australia 1953 – )

Frances Phoenix

(Australia 1950 – 2017)

Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining, from The D'Oyley Show

Location
Not on display
Further information

This poster acknowledges and celebrates Australian indigenous women working in the traditional practices of basketry, weaving, beading, netting and shell work. The exhibition catalogue features illustrations of pandanus mats and string figures, explaining the symbolism of specific forms and representations of tjukurrpa.

The poster 'Aboriginaland. Land rights, not mining' features a combination of text, a photograph of a young woman from Yirrkala, hand-drawn bottlebrush motifs, and a reproduction of Marie McMahon's own cotton d’oyley. Worked in filet crochet and adorned with beads, McMahon wrote of her creation, 'I designed this piece as an alternative view of white Australia, showing who it really belongs to'. The gridlike lace features a map of Australia, gum leaves, emus and emu tracks.

Year
1979
Media
Print
Medium
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
Dimensions
73.0 x 48.7 cm image; 78.8 x 51.0 cm sheet
Credit
Purchased 1981
Accession number
175.1981.6
Copyright
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group