Donna Blackall; Yorta Yorta
2014 weaving (New Zealand Flax)
Approx 400mm x 250 mm
Image: Greta CostelloContributors
Weaving: Donna Blackall Image: Greta Costello
Donna's piece 'Platypus' represents the Ballarat lands, and references the fact that many indigenous people coming from other mobs have ended up calling this area home although it's not their ancestral home.
She has woven many different traditional objects such as eel traps, baskets and others (some of these can be seen in the Koorie Heritage Trust) and experiments with other objects of cultural significance such as turtles and platypus.
"So recently I have been geting into animal shapes, doing a turtle. A turtle is my totem and it seems to come out in everything I do. I have also done a platypus so the platypus is Ballarat, so with the Ballarat community, many tribes, many people from all over Australia come to Ballarat and the platypus represents something that is made from alot of different animals... that is why Ballarat has adopted the platypus."