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Marrawuddi - Alicia Mardday, Pandanus Weaving

Marrawuddi - Alicia Mardday, Pandanus Weaving

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Catalogue No 1286-23

Artist - Alicia Mardday

Title - Pandanus Weaving (Fish)

Category - Fibre 

Size / Medium 56 x 16cm Pandanus and natural dyes


Artist Biography 

Born: 3/06/1983

Skin: Ngalngarridj

Language: Kunwinjku

Clan: Mandjulngunj

Country: Namonba

Dreaming: Wak Wak (Crow)


"I used to make string bag first before, with the feather. My aunty, Ngalbulanj Nabegeyo, she taught me how to weave.

Maybe my kids give me idea [to weave backpacks], Anita. My kids really love the backpacks weavings. I look at the backpacks my kids have and try weave same pockets. I just used it from my own mind, I get the kala [colour] from my partners homeland.

I grew up, Namagardabo outstation. I met my partner Timothy out in Gunbalanya and moved there I moved there in 2001, when my first daughter was born, Anita. I like going fishing with the kids, collecting pandanus and weaving. I like weaving lots of different things but mostly flowers and backpacks." - Alicia Mardday 2021

Over the last few years Alicia’s work with pandanus fibre has considerably morphed from traditional weaving methods of Dilly Bags and Marebu’s (Mats) into unique and innovative, contemporary 3D works of colourful backpacks and handbags. Alicia made her debut at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for her three Baladjdji, along with winning The Design
Files, 'Handcrafted' Laminex Award both in 2021.

'Handcrafted' Laminex Award, 2021 The Design Files, Melbourne, VIC
2021 Finalist, 2021 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Darwin, NT


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

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