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Vicki West interviewed by Gwenda Davey in the Tradition bearers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3256513
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
West, Vicki, 1960-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 65 min.) 
Series

Tradition bearers oral history project

Summary

Vicki West born 1960 in Launceston, Tas., is an artist using kelp (seaweed), traditionally used for water carries. West talks about using it for its metaphor of survival; making water-carriers but preferring contemporary works; institutions holding her work; the importance of her Indigenous heritage; her family background; education; Bachelor of Fine Arts (at Univ of Tas) and her first class honours; community projects; training others; working with the Aboriginal speakers' program; going into schools and doing weaving and kelp work; Tasmanian Aboriginal Child Care Association; working with elders and their first exhibition; Vernon Graham, Len Maynard (a ceramicist), Ambrose McDonald (timbers); Shell stringing for herself; Muriel Maynard; making kelp necklaces as a show of respect to the necklace-makers; her Aboriginality from father's side; being taught to basket weave; Riawanna Aboriginal Centre at University (Launceston).

West discusses her father's Aboriginality; the family being taken to Flinders Island by George Augustus Robinson; family marrying into sealers; work using kelp and methods used; other art work, fibre baskets, kelp light-fittings; print-making, using kelp stems; screen-printing, natural dyes, shibori; installations, 'Claiming Place' with kelp; language; fabrics used, raw silks, calico, gauze, silk satins, hessians; clothing, making a block with a thylacine, for shibori dyeing; exhibiting widely; silk scarves; installation for Seven Warehouses; Ralph Haertel; Delia Summers; residencies at Lake St Clair; a community project at Ravenswood; shell-stringing, a rite of passage; other Indigenous artists in Tasmania; artists who are an inspiration to her and where to view Indigenous art in Tasmania.

Notes

Recorded on July 12, 2004 at Launceston, Tas.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects West, Vicki, - 1960- - Interviews.  |  Artists, Aboriginal Australian - Tasmania - Interviews.  |  Kelps - Utilization - Tasmania.  |  Basketwork - Tasmania.
Other authors/contributors Davey, Gwenda, 1932-, Interviewer

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