Jasmine Stadhams, Woven Raffia Neckpiece, 2021

Bawrrungga Nyami Gawbarrigam Jewellery

Australian Design Centre is honoured to launch this exclusive range of jewellery, Bawrrungga Nyami Gawbarrigam, during the 2021 Sydney Craft Week Festival. The jewellery is available to purchase from Object Shop.

Bawrrungga Nyami Gawbarrigam (Bowraville Women Gathering) is a collective of Gumbaynggirr artists based in the Nambucca Valley, NSW.

The pieces featured in Object Shop are from nine practicing and emerging artists from the Nambucca Valley. The Nyamis collected materials from Jagun (Country) including red cedar, shells and pebbles from the beach.

Artists: Donna Brown | Denise Buchanan | Aunty Majory Buchanan | Lavinna Inglis | Monica Inglis | Jasmine Stadhams | Rebecca Stadhams | Yarra Stadhams | Annalisa Wilson

The Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) is the love child of researcher, curator, writer, gallerist and collector Emily McCulloch Childs with IJP Workshops delivered by contemporary jeweller Melinda Young. Funded by the Australian Design Centre , IJP came to Bawrrungga (Bowraville) and delivered a five day workshop in contemporary jewellery in early 2021.

Details: australiandesigncentre.com/collections/bawrrungga-nyami-gawbarrigan-jewellery

First Nations, jewellery

Aunty Majory Buchanan, Necklace, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

More about the Indigenous Jewellery Project
Founded in 2013, the Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) is the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project. IJP works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned art centres across Australia, running workshops on country with traditional Indigenous jewellers, founding curator Emily McCulloch Childs and leading contemporary jewellers.

Part art project, part social enterprise, the aim of the Indigenous Jewellery Project is to strengthen and continue existing traditions and facilitate artists to develop a career as exhibiting contemporary artist jewellers through upskilling, involving developing practice and the use of professional jewellery materials. It is focused on developing and maintaining Aboriginal jewellery and small object tradition and practice, reinforcing the connection to traditional lands and the natural world and developing a sophisticated contemporary art craft practice, in which works are created that both sit on the body and outside it.

Top Images L-R: Donna Brown, Necklace, 2021. Jasmine Stadhams, Woven Raffia Necklace, 2021. Photos: Courtesy IJP.