This panel brings together leading Aboriginal designers and thinkers to discuss the theory and application of Aboriginal design and spatial considerations. Featuring Daniele Hromek (Budawang/Yuin), Amy Tracey (Wiradjuri) and Cassie Willis (Ngemba/Yuwaalaraay) in conversation with Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi).
Amy Tracey is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in far northwest New South Wales. She is a floral artist, textiles designer and creator of design label Flannel Billy. Amy has always felt a strong pull to the land around her, feeling no more at home then when surrounded by wide open plains and flowering gum trees. After graduating from a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Technology Sydney, Amy began studying and practicing floristry, which allowed her to be surrounded by Australia's nature on a more regular basis.
Cassie Willis is a Ngemba/Yuwaalaraay woman from Brewarrina NSW who grew up on Dharawal Land in the Illawarra and currently lives on Gadigal Land. Cassie is studying Visual Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and is interested in how visual communication and graphic design can be used as a voice for Aboriginal people. There have been a lot of visual stories told about Aboriginal people and Cassie’s aim is to join with others to re-tell or make visible counter-narratives to those traditionally dominant visual voices, as well as to help tell some totally new visual stories that celebrate Aboriginal people, history and culture.
An associate lecturer at UTS's School of Design, Daniele Hromek is also a spatial designer and artist, fusing design elements with installations and sculptural form. Her work often considers the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities. As a researcher, she is considering how to decolonise and Indigenise the curricula by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture within the institution of the university.
24 September 2016, 3pm
Public Program Marquee, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Free, no bookings required