Integrating art into the built environment at the Flemington Community Hub
For this to become a reality, Rosa invited the community to connect.
Precious found objects from individual homelands or found in and around City of Moonee Valley were discussed, photographed and sighted. A patterned fabric, a traditional instrument, piece of jewellery that reflected family and cultural heritage were carefully documented. Photos and conversations relating to the Pandemic highlighted what mattered during those challenging times.
Research in and around the waterways of the City of Moonee Valley highlighted the community's commitment to planting and biodiversity.Traditional cooking implements, rituals, inherited tools or those packed in individual or family member's suitcases were discussed over zoom and face to face gatherings.
Motifs & patterns from a scarf or traditional dress, music & a favourite plant gave the project an important layering which will be noted in the final artwork.
Buwi Birrip Djerring is translated by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung elder Aunty Gail Smith, from the words
‘Weave Thread Create Together’.
Aunty Gail chose these words, inspired by the essence of Rosa’s presentation and phrases; "patterns connect community', 'familiarity of patterns can be border crossing', 'past and present patterns connect community'.Moonee Valley City Council values their partnership with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People as the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which Moonee Valley is located and pays respects to Elders past and present. Rosa has met with Elders to introduce them to this project and invite them on this journey.
Through her past art projects and previous work in interpreting and in the arts, Rosa has demonstrated strong experience in positively engaging with community. As the community is one of the Flemington Community Hub projects key stakeholders, Rosa will carry out this part of the project in a sensitive, appropriate and respectful manner.
She has previously spent a significant period of time working with the North Melbourne Language and Learning Centre.