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Place of many seeds ready for grinding
By Lucy Simpson
For millennia, people of many cultures have bonded by cooking and sharing food around a fire. A fire brings people together, and is central to the home life of a family.
For Aboriginal people, the connection to home is also about how they care for the land. Traditional methods of cultivating grain are not just about the nourishment of bodies, but the nourishment of the land, too. Kangaroo and wallaby grasses have been cultivated on ancient land in Australia for 65,000 years. They are gluten-free and grown without irrigation and pesticides.
Dhunbarrbil tells a story of the Yuwaalaraay country as a place abundant in plant-based foods. It references the seasons and stages of growth of native grasses, and knowledge systems around harvesting, grinding grain and making bread.
The painting features native Australian kangaroo grass buunhu). Historically this grass, and others like it, such as native millet guli) and mitchell grass ganalay), grew across vast areas of New South Wales, providing a valuable source of carbohydrates for Aboriginal people. The seeds were harvested and ground on large communal grinding dishes dhayurr) to make four for bread and damper. The fibre from the seeds was also used for other things, from weaving to tools.
This design honours the many stories which are connected through native Australian grass and grain, and speaks of local knowledge and an inherent understanding of the land. It speaks of the seasons, of balance, and of sustainability, and the importance of working together. It is a celebration of the beauty of diversity and the strength of the oldest living culture on the planet.
About the Artist:
Lucy Simpson is an artist and designer with a focus on narrative. She shares stories of Country and contemporary South Eastern Aboriginal culture through her art. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts COFA) in 2010, receiving both the COFA Object Award in Design and the Longina Phillips Textiles Award. She is the founder and director of design company and homewares and accessories label, Gaawaa Miyay. Lucy has exhibited around the world. In 2013 her practice was documented for the series Colour Theory, and in 2014 she was named as a participant in the British Council’s Indigenous Creative Leadership Program, Accelerate.
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Compact 2 slice toaster with progress indicator.
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34 x 20.9 x 20 cm
Brushed stainless steel body with back-lit buttons
2 slice toaster
2 Year Replacement Warranty
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