Weaving is a way my hands connect with the hands of our ancestors. On Minjerribah we weave the reeds our grannies wove with still today. Ungaire, our freshwater swamp reed, talwalpin (cotton tree) and lomandra. I weave these materials together using the techniques of string-making, looping, coiling, twining and net- making. I have drawn these techniques into circle forms, as we have come full circle in regenerating our weaving practices. The lines drawn in the techniques are my interpretation of my own weaves, but they are the lines our ancestors have created as master weavers for millennia.
Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her saltwater heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques and expressing
contemporary adaptations through painting, weaving and textiles. She works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve cultural knowledge and practice. Carmichael is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee—people of the sand and sea. Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland.