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Painting pretty much got me through

Posted by Kotsios Lazarou on Saturday August 16th, 2014
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A young Darwin based artist has turned to painting swirling and colourful Dreaming stories onto handbags as part of a bid to create “wearable art” sold independently from art dealers.

Tradara Briscoe is an Anmatyerr woman with traditional family connections to Central Australia’s Coniston, a cattle station community known canada goose outlet jackets for the 1928 massacre of Indigenous Australians.

“Some of my family would sell pieces to an art gallery for $100 and then we’d go in canada goose outlet reviews the next day and it would canada goose outlet online be sold for $800. I wanted to break that cycle and do it myself.

“I knew I had it in me.”

At age 10, Ms Briscoe and her mother moved to canada goose outlet black friday Darwin, where she canada goose found herself in a “whole new world” of a bigger tropical city.

“I had really bad English and had to pretty much learn it Canada Goose Outlet again. I turned up in Darwin with scruffy hair, baggy clothes, no shoes.

“When canada goose outlet new york city I moved up I felt buy canada goose jacket cheap out of place, with Canada Goose Jackets no canada goose outlet store uk other kids speaking another language canada goose outlet at home or hunting or shooting or getting bush tucker for food.

“The reason why I continued painting is because canada goose factory sale it’s the only way I felt connected to my land.

“Not having anything similar to Central Australia canada goose outlet canada was really tough. Painting pretty much got me through.”

Young mother passes on art skillsAt age 14, canada goose outlet Ms Briscoe gave birth to her son Ky.

“I continued to go to school. It was a massive struggle. I’d have to bring an esky full of breast milk and a breast pump to canada goose clearance sale middle school,” she said.

“Unlike my friends, who’d be in the canteen, I’d be in the teachers’ room pumping away.”

She has since taught Ky how to paint too, which she said was about canada goose outlet uk sale teaching him to “take pride in your culture”.

While selling canvas artworks for many years now, it was only 12 months ago that Ms Briscoe decided to paint her family’s women’s stories directly onto fashion items.

“I decided to do it to showcase in canada goose outlet online uk a way that nobody else did. There’s lots of people who paint prints onto fabrics for handbags but not directly onto bags.”

The first handbag a satchel covered in bush sultana and a famously purple hued Central Australian sunset received so much feedback on social media that she decided to keep going.

Ms Briscoe has canada goose clearance since painted witchetty grubs, bush landscapes and metallic dot creations onto leather and vinyl fashion items, with each piece generally taking several days’ work.

The wares are sold at markets in Darwin and online.

Last month she was commissioned by a canada goose outlet store relative to paint directly onto canada goose factory outlet a handbag purchased from the high end French fashion house Louis Vuitton as part of a surprise Canada Goose sale Christmas present for their partner.
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