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Art on a String: Aboriginal Threaded Objects from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land

Louise Hamby, Diana Young


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Art on a string introduces the aesthetic and symbolic power of necklaces and other threaded objects made by Australian Aboriginal artists from the Central desert and Arnhem land. Catalogue accompanying art exhibition of same name. Necklaces are beaded works originating from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land. Includes 98 works by 60 artists from across the two regions along with historical research and cultural details. Materials used are shells, seeds, gum fruits and grass stems. Chapter discusses craft techniques and use of colours. Forewords by Professor Howard Morphy Director of Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, and Steven Pozel, Director of Object-Australian Centre for Craft and Design. Colour photos throughout.

Aboriginal Australians — Clothing — Exhibitions. | Aboriginal Australians — Beadwork — Exhibitions. | Plants – Grasses. | Gathering – Plants – Seeds. | Art – Production – Materials / techniques. | Material culture – String and rope making. | Art – Crafts – Bead works. | Art – Economic aspects – Markets – Market places. | Material culture – Shell objects and decorations. | Costume and clothing – Necklaces, pendants etc. | Plants – Quandongs. | Pukatja / Ernabella (SA Central Australia SG53-09) | Arnhem Land (NT) | South Central Northern Territory (NT)
96 p. : col. ill., map, ports. ; 28 cm. #120722
Young, Diana | Australian National University. Centre for Cross-cultural Research | Object – Australian Centre for Craft and Design

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AuthorLouise Hamby, Diana Young
Number of pages96 p. : col. ill., map, ports. ; 28 cm.
PublisherThames and Hudson, Australia
Year Published2001
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