Dilly bags are a tool traditionally across the continent used in many ways, most often for gathering food. They are typically woven out of natural fibres such as grasses, animal tendons or reeds. Depending on the cultural region of their origin, these bags have a variety of names and are produced from different materials. The dillybag is an is prolifically reproduced here in contemporary materials.
Aunty Lucy’s Dilly Bags are made with found, donated, and reclaimed yarn. Aunty Lucy has been creating since she was nine years old. Her childhood was spent travelling around New South Wales in a horse and wagon in a large family of seventeen children. She learnt traditional craft techniques from her parents and has spent a lifetime developing her skills and artistic practice. Dilly Bags is an embodiment of how traditional Waradgerie ways of life continue and evolve through the practice of cultural knowledge holders like Aunty Lucy. They are an expression of Waradgerie tenacity, resourcefulness and skill.
* This statement was not written by the artist but has been published with their permission.
Aunty Lucy Williams-Connelly was born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1940 and is a descendant of
the Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) people. Based in Swan Hill, Victoria, Aunty Lucy is a basket weaver, wood
burner, emu egg carver and painter. She learnt wood burning from her father, Alfred (Knocker) Williams, and
emu egg carving from Uncle Sam Kirby, who were both skilled artists.