Jeanette James

Like many stringers, my earliest memory of the tradition is of being on the beaches collecting shells. It was something we always did as a family. There is an expectation for us, as a group of Aboriginal women responsible for maintaining such an important part of our culture for future generations, to follow cultural protocol: look after Country, understand the environment and how to sustainably collect the shells and protect the seaweed beds. In honour of the elder stringers uphold the quality of work, it reflects on all of us.

Jeanette James (b.1952)
echidna quills on twined fibre
Hobart 2016
Purchased TMAG Foundation 2016