Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World Beaders: Australia

Grab your guide books, beaders! Today we’re going on a trip to Australia. Home of the Bead Society of Victoria, and the world’s number one source for opals, Australia is filled with unique inspirations of all kinds. From the diverse and exclusive wildlife, to gorgeous traditional artwork, it is a feast for the eyes!

The continent of Australia was settled by European colonists in the late 18th century, before which indigenous peoples flourished, with as many as 300 separate nations with their own unique languages. Aboriginal art is among the most long-lived forms of art in the world, with Papunya Tula dot painting being one of the most recognizable styles.

Happy beading, Australia!

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  1. I lived in Australia for a few years when I was young and I learned that the dot painting was a means of art and communication. The circles could represent the sun or, more importantly, water holes. There was a lot more to the paintings, but I don't remember. I just was impressed that the art held symbolic meaning - almost like a language. I have since learned that many cultures did this but the Aboriginal dot painting was the first real-world introduction I had to the art-language idea.

  2. Thanks for the article on Australia and for mentioning the BSV.


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