Amanda recently spent time in The Gambia in north Africa where she learnt some traditional African crafts, working alongside local artists and craftspeople. While there, Amanda was priviledged to gain an insight into the intracacies of wood carving and of hand weaving.
Amanda also spoke of her love for natural dyeing and how she has spent many enjoyable hours working outbush passing on her skills to Indigenous woman living on remote communties in Central Australia.
We were also excited to hear about Amanda’s latest venture, the facilitation and curating of a very special exhibition ‘Silk’ at the June Marriott Gallery at Central Craft. This exhibition brings together the dynamic work of talented local textile artists with a collection of distinctive, handcrafted silk scarves. The work not only reflects the passion the artists have for silk, but their skills in dyeing, manipulating the fabric and painting on silk. The exhibition also evokes the influence that central Australia has on their work.
This is a fundraising exhibition and a great opportunity for you to support the artists and celebrate creativity in central Australia.
Jen Standish-White talks with Amanda McMillan, local artist and art lecturer.
Broadcast: Tuesday 4 February 2014 at 12 noon on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM and streaming online at 8ccc.com.au/live
Producer: Jen Standish-White