Whether in private spaces or the public realm, Delvene’s work is accessible to all; stories of thousands of years that once again come to life.
Delvene’s signature style has seen her exhibit across Australia.
For the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she was selected to design both the prize winner and commemorative medals, together with a large inflatable Migalu whale for the Opening Ceremony.
Commissions, Awards & Workshops:
- Commissioned to provide designs for GC 2018 Commonwealth Games - Prizewinners Medals 'Sand Country' & Commemorative Medal ‘Migaloo Yalingbilla’.
- Large Migaloo Whale featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- Medal Making workshop at Longines House, GC2018 Commonwealth Games April 2018
- Small Sculptural Workshop, Island Made Exhibition. Redlands Art Gallery August 2017
- Weaving Workshop at Made on Minjerribah January 2017
A Quandamooka woman.
A creative storyteller.
A proudly independent artist.
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Medals
The set of gold, silver and bronze ‘sand country’ design showing the high tide to the low tide marks in sand. Sand Country' - the soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave and is symbolic of athletic achievement. As the water moves toward low tide, each wave moves the sand, creating and leaving behind new lines in the sand witnessed by those present. The ribbon is the woven strand of the freshwater reed called 'yungair' and are three reeds woven together to form a pattern which resembles many triangles woven together.
They mark places of gathering for Quandamooka people and the new place marker honours those places of gathering and those who gathered; and will mark the place of ongoing gatherings.
The Search For Warrajamba
‘Grandmother’s Words - Dilly Bag and Mat Making - Yungair Mat in The Search For Warrajamba’ Redland Art Gallery
Clay and Pigment Map
Clay and Pigment Map’ or code of Quandamooka Country - collected from across the islands and mainland of Quandamooka Country. One of my favourite processes was working on this map. Gives context to the story of ‘The Search for Warrajamba’ - Created for the Redland Art Gallery
This woven mat made of the fresh water reed yungair. In the mat making technique, yungair are folded over each other creating a series of elongated triangle shapes. Graduating from pink near the root to the long green stem, yungair is known for both bag and mat making unique to North Stradbroke Island.
Dilly Bag Wall Sculpture
This scultpural wall hanging references my Grandmother’s Words ‘dilly bag and mat making as Granny did’ (1974). Its form is a traditional mat making technique using linen with ochre from Goompi - Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island, bound together using the Tawalpin - cotton tree branches to speak of the generational relationships.
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