Maram Barerarerungar — Wearing Country

19.03.2022—
23.04.2022

Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
A MOMENT IN TIME
2022
HAYLEY WEARING GLASS SEED POD, COCKATOO CROWN FEATHERS ON TITANTIUM
1OO MADE – EACH UNIQUE WITH DIFFERENT FEATHERS

The collaboration took shape like many great ideas around a dining table, Blanche talked of the power of glass as a metaphor for containing and observing indigenous cultural artefacts across the world, and further to the examination of human remains under microscopic glass. Glass has been a tool of power and dominion. Maree sees glass as material born of massive energy and uses glass to inspire lost memory, to freeze time such as the exquisite glass seed pod filled with iridescent Australian bird feathers threaded on titanium and bookended with silver cups, titled A Moment in Time.”

MARAM BARERARERUNGAR – WEARING COUNTRY (BOON WURRUNG LANGUAGE) IS A NEW JEWELLERY COLLABORATION BETWEEN SENIOR FIRST NATIONS ARTIST MAREE CLARKE AND THE AUSTRALIAN WORLD-RENOWNED JEWELLERY CREATOR WORKING IN GLASS, BLANCHE TILDEN.

In 2018 Blanche Tilden worked with Maree Clarke to assemble a jewellery range sold exclusively through the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Design Week. Consisting of beautiful 3D printed crow feathers, supersized echidna quills, and gold plated Kangaroo teeth threaded on snake chain, the entire range sold out.

Blanche’s exquisite sense of wearable art was a perfect union with Maree Clarkes 30-year history of creating jewellery from natural materials in a manner worn by her ancestors. Consequently, Blanche and Maree began to discuss a collaboration, a unique limited-edition range of wearable art, fully calibrated to celebrate each of their unique strengths.

The result is Maram Barerarerungar – Wearing Country.

Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
maree-clarke-cropped
2022

MAREE CLARKE IS A YORTA YORTA/WAMBA WAMBA/MUTTI MUTTI/BOONWURRUNG WOMAN WHO GREW UP IN NORTHWEST VICTORIA, MAINLY IN MILDURA, ON THE BANKS OF THE MURRAY RIVER.

Maree has been a practicing artist living and working in Melbourne for the last three decades. Maree Clarke is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost – or lying dormant – over the period of colonisation. Maree is known for her open and collaborative approach to cultural practice.

Maree’s continuing desire to affirm and reconnect with her cultural heritage has seen her revification of the traditional possum skin cloaks, contemporary designs of kangaroo teeth necklaces, river reed necklaces and multimedia installations of photography including lenticular prints, 3D photographs and photographic holograms as well as painting, sculpture and video installation. Maree Clarke was awarded the Linewide Commission for the Metro Tunnel project (current) and is the recipient of the 2020 Australia Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship. Her major survey exhibition Ancestral Memories was the first major survey by a living Indigenous artist with connections to the country on which the gallery stands at the National Gallery of Victoria.

BLANCHE TILDEN IS A WORLD-RENOWNED JEWELLERY CREATOR WORKING IN GLASS.

Tilden has a unique approach to her materials, glass, which she explores both as a material for jewellery making and deploys as a metaphor for the connections between making, industry, the wearable object, and the body. Her fascination with mechanical devices, fuelled by a desire to understand how things work, continually inspires her work.

Most recently Blanche has worked closely with First Nations men and women as a mentor conducting intensive studio sessions in collaboration with RMIT and the Koorie Heritage Trust to enhance each artists insight into the elements that make good design beautiful and wearable.

Currently Blanche’s remarkable 25-year survey, Ripple Effect is touring nationally.

Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
RIVER REEDS
2022
MAYA WEARING CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS,DYED NATURAL RIVER REEDS ON STEEL THREAD
AVAILABLE IN BLACK, RED OR GREEN RIVER REEDS
ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
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  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • RIVER REEDS
  • 2022
  • MAYA WEARING CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS,DYED NATURAL RIVER REEDS ON STEEL THREAD
  • AVAILABLE IN BLACK, RED OR GREEN RIVER REEDS
    ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
  • $85O
Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
A MOMENT IN TIME
2022
HAYLEY WEARING GLASS SEED POD, COCKATOO CROWN FEATHERS ON TITANTIUM
1OO MADE – EACH UNIQUE WITH DIFFERENT FEATHERS
work-image
  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • A MOMENT IN TIME
  • 2022
  • HAYLEY WEARING GLASS SEED POD, COCKATOO CROWN FEATHERS ON TITANTIUM
  • 1OO MADE – EACH UNIQUE WITH DIFFERENT FEATHERS
  • $18OO
Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
FEATHER
2022
TARREN WEARING CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS, NATURAL DYED RIVER REEDS AND PARROT FEATHERS ON STEEL THREAD
1OO MADE – VAILABLE WITH PARROT, ROSELLA, CROW, COCKATOO, GALAH, MAGPIE OR CORELLA FEATHERS (PICTURED)
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  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • FEATHER
  • 2022
  • TARREN WEARING CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS, NATURAL DYED RIVER REEDS AND PARROT FEATHERS ON STEEL THREAD
  • 1OO MADE – VAILABLE WITH PARROT, ROSELLA, CROW, COCKATOO, GALAH, MAGPIE OR CORELLA FEATHERS (PICTURED)
  • $65O
Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
QUANDONG PEARLS
2022
LEO WEARING BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS, QUANDONG SEEDS ON STEEL THREAD
AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS ON CLEAR, BLACK OR BLACK AND CLEAR GLASS RIVER REEDS
ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
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  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • QUANDONG PEARLS
  • 2022
  • LEO WEARING BOROSILICATE GLASS RIVER REEDS, QUANDONG SEEDS ON STEEL THREAD
  • AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS ON CLEAR, BLACK OR BLACK AND CLEAR GLASS RIVER REEDS
    ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
  • $78O
Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
KYLIE
2022
MAYA WEARING BLACK GLASS POD, DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS, 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, 3D PRINTED ECHIDNA QUILL ON STEEL THREAD
AVAILABLE IN:
BLUE (BLUE 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, BLACK DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
PINK (PINK 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, BLACK DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
BLACK (BLACK 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, RED DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
GREEN (GREEN 3D PRINTED ECHIDNA QUILL), GREEN DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
work-image
  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • KYLIE
  • 2022
  • MAYA WEARING BLACK GLASS POD, DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS, 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, 3D PRINTED ECHIDNA QUILL ON STEEL THREAD
  • AVAILABLE IN:
    BLUE (BLUE 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, BLACK DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
    PINK (PINK 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, BLACK DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
    BLACK (BLACK 3D PRINTED CROW FEATHER, RED DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
    GREEN (GREEN 3D PRINTED ECHIDNA QUILL), GREEN DYED ECHIDNA QUILLS)
    ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
  • $1450
Maree ClarkeBlanche Tilden
QUANDONG PAIRS
2022
QUANDONG SEEDS, CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS, ON STEEL THREAD
AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS OR MIXED: GREEN AND EUCALYPT, GREEN AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, RED AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE
ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
work-image
  • Maree Clarke
  • Blanche Tilden
  • QUANDONG PAIRS
  • 2022
  • QUANDONG SEEDS, CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS, ON STEEL THREAD
  • AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS OR MIXED: GREEN AND EUCALYPT, GREEN AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, RED AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE
    ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
  • $68O
Blanche TildenMaree Clarke
QUANDONG PAIRS
2022
QUANDONG SEEDS, CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS, ON STEEL THREAD
AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS OR MIXED: GREEN AND EUCALYPT, GREEN AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, RED AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE
ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
work-image
  • Blanche Tilden
  • Maree Clarke
  • QUANDONG PAIRS
  • 2022
  • QUANDONG SEEDS, CLEAR BOROSILICATE GLASS, ON STEEL THREAD
  • AVAILABLE IN RED, GREEN EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE QUANDONG SEEDS OR MIXED: GREEN AND EUCALYPT, GREEN AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, EUCALYPT AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE, RED AND BLACK/CHOCOLATE
    ED 1OO IN EACH COLOUR WAY
  • $68O
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