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 .
A creative life is a blessed life.