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Gather, Gathers, Gathering

"Based on the traditional fire making implements of the Girringun rainforest Aboriginal people, the artists have created artworks made from clay, timber and string to evoke the spirit of the old people. Traditionally, the firesticks were made up of two parts, the Bagu (body) and Jiman (sticks). Bagu is normally made from the boogadilla (milky pine tree) and Jiman are made from mudja (wild guava tree). The Bagu form was founded in the shape of a man. The spirit design was created with traditional clays and the ochre colours are magera yellow, jillan, black with wallaby blood and garba white."

 

Maureen Beeron is a Girramay woman of the Murray River area. She is based in the Jumbun Aboriginal Community, North-west of Cardwell.

 

Maureen is a master weaver of Wungarr eel traps, Jawun baskets and is skilled in traditional Bark String making. Maureen is also a painter who expresses her knowledge and cultural experiences through her artwork. The traditional baskets and other objects she makes are a common theme in her paintings.

 

When creating Jawun, Maureen collects the lawyer cane from the rainforest, removes the spiky outer ‘skin’ of the cane and prep