The Monster Net Project

In an article in the Guardian this week.Greenpeace calls for global action over nets, lines and traps that are deadly for marine life .

The “world’s governments must take action to protect our global oceans, and hold the under-regulated fishing industry to account for its dangerous waste. This should start with a strong global ocean treaty being agreed at the United Nations next year.”

This is aptly timed, as I find myself in Indonesia on an Asialink Arts Residencry with Annabel Amagula and Maicie Lalara  from Anindilyakwa Arts  on Groote Eylandt with Kominatas Salihara, an International multidisciplinary arts center in Indonesia.

Before leaving for Indonesia Maicie Lalara finished weaving a large ‘monster fish’ from a ghost net retrieved from the sea near Groote Eylandt by the ferry driver.

This net was nicknamed  a ‘Monster Net’ by the Northern Territory News.


Rangers believe the net may have come all the way from South-East Asia. The Fish, titled, Yilkwa, is covered in marine debris, including lighters and bottle tops, recently collected by a beach cleanup facilitated by the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers this month. Over 100 people from the Groote  Eylandt Community  worked together to collect over 2000 plastic bottle tops, 604 plastic cigarette lighters, 511 thongs, 130 tooth brushes  and 1295 plastic bottles.

As artists in residence we   are working  to make  new ghost  net into artworks, including sculptural animals, to weave the story of the impact that these nets, that often come from Indonesia,  has upon their coastal community and marine life.

Annabel Amagula says-“ We are making crabs, turtles , fish baskets. My granddaughter is making that  mini monster fish, that’s why its impotant we share our story and culture with Indonesian People”


Anindilyakwa Arts is proudly funded by the Anindilyakwa Land Council. The Art Residency is kindly supported by Melbourne University and Arts NT.



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A website is born…


And welcome to my new website!!


I want to start my first  blog with thanks to  the Larrakia people, the first nations custodians of the beautiful  country where i live, walk, swim, dance, play, love, run, create, cry and laugh. Over the past 25 years   in Darwin,  I have found  a home, my people, my dog,  my children and endless inspiration  from  the Arafura Sea  and it’s  captivating creatures .

I first met  Aunty Bilawara 20 years ago, when she invited  me to weave with her and her family  at Rapid Creek where she introduced me to her country and ancestors.  Many years later we were weaving together again, to make a  large public  art work, titled Intertwined, a pair of large Bronze Jellyfish situated at East Point, commissioned by the City of Darwin in 2014. At the opening ceremony she  held a smoking ceremony, saying-

“Jellyfish totem speaks to us of simplifying our  life – that we should go with the flow of the currents and allow things to take their course. She shows us how to rest in the earthly realm and not to rush. We are encouraged to take a walk; get close to nature so you can see the world in a better light. How apt is this wisdom – it fits perfectly with where Aly’s wonderful jellyfish children are located”

I  extend my thanks to all the  the traditional owners of the many lands  I traverse to create, teach and learn, especially the wonderful  women   at Anindilyakwa Arts  on Groote Eylandt with  whom I  have been  fortunate enough to work with since  2015.

I also   acknowledge my own ancestors.    My  grandparents , who left the Netherlands with my father and his three Siblings,   boarding  a boat from Amsterdam to arrive in  Fremantle, Western Australia  in 1956. One of my earliest memories was spending hours in my Oma’s garden and green house, cramming flowers and leaves into bottles to produce  potions and perfumes . I am still  playing  with plants  and  find endless joy from stuffing  things in jars.

This  is a digital diary of  my creative adventures . Thank you so  much  for your interest ,  I am hoping through this  website and blog  I can share ideas,  recipes and stories so that you too are inspired .

After all….

A creative life is a blessed life.


Bernadette Watt, Aly de Groot, Maicie Lalara, Sharna Wurramurra, Image Cortesy of Anindilyakwa Arts, 2019 Photo Credit – Benjamin Ward

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