VISUAL ARTS CONNECTION TO THE MYTH by Okka Wikka

The colour toning has a gnostic metaphoric meaning for the painter. What is remarkable is the simple geometric shapes in these visual metaphors.

Here we enter the outer form (Artist’s Vessel) of the Soul Breath Psyche - SELF.

Of all the most simplistic unbroken continuums the basket is the "FIRST BASKET"

The motif is the " FIRST VISUAL STORY".

These patterns transcend the personal and cultural and are keystone Arts Archetypes, being a vessel for the Gods themselves.

And here we witness the core meaning, arts and folk craft hold in our contemporary educations and culture.

Here we see images of the bicornual basket endemic to our Bama Culture. These are painted in simple geometric patterns holding customary meaning.

Again, in the Karrinyarra Artists work we witness these same geometric motifs that are painted as the first on the blank linen or ceremonial ground.

Establishing by their living continuum, universal visual arts patterns that have always held a sustainable STORY.

This Story is still the “Story For Our Times”.

LLWYDS by Okka Wikka

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Kate and Stuart Lloyd are Cultural Artists who have worked in remote Australia since 1973

They live in the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. They are field anthropologists researching primary natural fiber material culture and metaphoric coding within the visual arts

Master Weavers

As master weavers they innovated a contemporary natural fiber weaving industry in the wet tropics in 1980 and have worked since as community artists in events and schools internationally
Developing a natural fiber curriculum they work with a Education accredited program in coastal & remote Australian schools

Since 1982 they have acted as national ambassadors for the crafts and performed as master weavers and educators throughout Europe and the Pacific Basin

Education with primary/archetypal fiber craft skills

Their life experience has demonstrated the powerful results the folk craft kinaesthetic skills have in connecting left and right brain motor skills and hence precursor skills recommended for the 3 R's development

Equally valuable is the finer perception of connecting the student to the continuum of culture and land through the fiber crafts and visual arts

They have helped facilitate KOCA as an unincorporated networking body for indigenous fiber artists in Far North Queensland & Cape York. ------- Keeping Our Culture Alive --------

Under encouragement from many Elders they have networked, archived pattern language, developed curriculum and are supporting educating apprentices to contemporise these cultural heritages

Painters

Painting since 1982, has actively complimented an archetypal narrative which explores the power of metaphor and symbolism in the visual arts
This narrative explores the Arts, as nourishing for our contemporary community : activating a quest to articulate anew the

"Story for our Time"

This "Story for our Time" carries a contemporary essence reflecting a mirror to Karrinyarra and our Indigenous Australians

"Our Aboriginal Australia, carries mans longest living unbroken cultural narrative, with visual art patterns that emerge from core archetypal templates" 

Karrinyarra Artists

The Llwyd's have supported their Karrinyarra family to find stand alone self empowerment and independence through their extraordinary painting gifts and life on their traditional homeland

The Llwyd's recognise that Karrinyarra is a Homeland initiative that holds a traditional family continuum.

Karrinyarra has no direct affiliation with any Indigenous Community Art Centre or Art Hub

"Karrinyarra Artists" is a Karrinyarra Family Business designed to self help Homeland - Outstation economic independence and hold a painting archival collection for future generations

The Llwyd's present their own art production along side their traditional western desert family

The Llwyd's now manage Karrinyarra and Okka Wikka exhibitions and archival research

FIBER ARTISTS by Okka Wikka

THIS IS AN ARCHIVE OF OUR NETWORK OF FIBER ARTISTS WHO HAVE MAINTAINED OUR FIRST NATIONS FIBER HERITAGE.

WE PRACTICE REGENERATION AND TRANSMISSION OF PACIFIC BASIN HERITAGE FIBERS.

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KARRINYARRA HOMELAND by Okka Wikka

 STORIES AND ARCHIVE OF A REMOTE ABORIGINAL HOMELAND MAINTAINING THEIR LIVING HERITAGE CONTINUUM WITH  THEIR KARDIA FAMILY.

THIS LURITJA HOMELAND MAINTAINS COUNTRY AND FAMILY FROM THE JUKURRPA. 

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KEEPING CULTURE ALIVE by Okka Wikka

FOR A GENERATION A SMALL FAMILY GROUPS OF TRADITIONAL WEAVERS MAINTAINED A FRAGILE  PRACTICE OF OUR 'FIRST BASKET'.

TODAY THERE IS WONDERFUL GROWTH OF A COLLECTIVE FOLK CRAFT PRACTICE MAINTAINING THIS UNBROKEN CONTINUUM. 

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