Baluk artists were honoured to meet Tasmanian kelp artist Nannette Shaw at the Black Arts Market in Sydney bringing Indigenous artists from NSW, Victoria and Tasmania together to showcase artwork from the south east. Baluk Arts invited Nannette to visit Baluk Arts and share skills in working with kelp in a contemporary way as we are based near the Victorian southern coast and saw opportunities to utilise kelp as a material.
Nannette Shaw visited Baluk Arts in 2017 and delivered a kelp workshop for Indigenous artists and then to the public. Nannette is a Tyereelore Elder from Tasmania, also with ties to the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people of Southern Victoria. She makes Bull Kelp Water Vessels with the same practice that was used by Tasmanian Aboriginal women in traditional times.
Netty enjoys the sense of connection with ancestors from times before through her practice. Baluk artists very much enjoyed learning to understand the material and created their own contemporary kelp pieces with guidance from Nannette and sharing cultural knowledge and connection through the process.