Interpreting Cultural Sources – Further Research

I seem to be stumbling upon totems, especially poles, everywhere I look at the moment.  Here are a few samples of some of them.Talking listening sticks

Talking and Listening Sticks
by Susan Bowring-Miller
From the tXtfiles Exhibition 2002 at the Lovett Gallery, Laman Street, Newcastle.

These were not only exhibited but also a promotion for a workshop which was trying to encourage knitters and crocheters to move beyond the flat surface.


On The Design Decoration Craft site there are some samples of work by Otto Schonthal.  As I’m presently concentrating on my lizard totem I am particularly interested in his piece featuring lizards.  The article is very interesting and explores the fact that although Schonthal was an architect he was involved in many other forms of design work including interior design, furniture and textiles.   All four works shown are very appealing.


An exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2009 entitled Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art showcased some wonderful poles called Banumbirr (Morning Star Poles).  Youtube has a short video showing them in situ.  Worth watching as they highlight the importance of fibre within Aboriginal art and are quite different to the poles I’ve previously looked at.



About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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