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Maireena Shell Madonna by Ian A. Hawkins
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Maireena shells have been collected in the north of Tasmania by Aboriginal women for centuries.Very labour intensive as the shells can only be gathered – from the kelp on which they live – at certain times of the year, then cleaned, polished and strung. Hence they are highly prized and quite valuable.They are very small shells, some of which you can just see, down the left side of the work.
Embellished with found images and objects, mostly recycled.

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shells, tasmanian museum hobart, maireena shells, shell necklaces, aboriginal women, tasmania, australian indiginous people

Comments

  • Frances Henke
    Frances Henkeover 3 years ago

    Ian these are wonderful, most grateful for the tip to look at your work on the chat about recycled materials. cheers. f

  • Thanks a lot for youe encouragement. I.A.H.

    – Ian A. Hawkins

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 3 years ago

    you are such a great artist Ian:)

  • You are very kind.
    Thank you.

    – Ian A. Hawkins

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 3 years ago

  • I am honoured and proud to be featured.
    Thank you.
    IaninBagdad

    – Ian A. Hawkins

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    GREAT PIECE OF ART LOVE THE RECYCLING TOO !@liZ)

  • Ian A. Hawkins
    Ian A. Hawkinsalmost 3 years ago

    Many thanks – you are too kind.

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