Yirran Miigaydhu weavers means ‘many women weavers’ in Dharawal/ English languages. They are an Aboriginal Women’s weaving group initiated by Campbelltown Arts Centre for local Aboriginal women to learn the tradition of weaving. The group first began in 2015 and is led by Yuin/Dharawal artist and weaver Aunty Phyllis Stewart.
In the Project Space, newly created works explore the significance of the circle to Aboriginal culture and its connection for the group. Extending from the method of coil making with which each stitch builds another segment, each generation holds and passes on traditional knowledge. The circle here represents the group as a meeting place. It is a place for the many women to come together and gather, connecting and continuing to pass on knowledge through their own circle like a ripple effect for the continuation and preservation of culture.
Image: Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers, circular woven wall hanging, cane, lomandra, wool, photo by Danielle Farrugia, courtesy of CAC