Takira Simon-Brown

Social Science
Winter 2018

I have just finished my first year of four years in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts to assist my design development and art techniques to create apparel merchandise with lutruwita Design. My goal is to open up a nipaluna Inspired Tourism Shop run by the palawa Community to sell contemporary traditional cultural products created by the palawa Community to locals and tourists. The aim of the shop is to be a culturally inviting space with a cultural yarning section for educational purposes and interactive section for youths as well as the sales section.

My time at the Riawunna Centre as part of the Aurora Internship Program was very supportive.  The Riawunna team gave me the opportunity to practice run my first Indigenous Community Program for Indigenous UTAS students, staff and Community to participate.  The Riawunna team assisted with catering for the day, purchasing supplies to run the Riawunna Community Program, travel needs, consultations and so much more.  As an Indigenous person it’s a wonderful experience to be able to work with Aboriginal workers and share knowledges and experiences around the needs of Indigenous communities and be supported and mentored. Art is a great way to share, connect, create works to be proud of and heal through a process of mutual respect.  It is a long running cultural practice of sharing knowledges of country, mother, dreaming, family and cultural traditions.

The Community project I created and facilitated was a t-shirt screen printing session where participants were able to learn about the process of design, techniques and printmaking.  I created a contemporary traditional piece around sacred places and objects.  The design represented the Petroglyphs and healing circles and was named Hypnotic Petroglyphs.  Each participant was able to print their own t-shirt with my assistance to keep, leaving each participant with a unique experience and a piece of tradition to continue the sharing of knowledges.

My experience at Riawunna was wonderful learning being surrounded by Indigenous Research information from their library and display cabinets full of multiple Cultural Knowledges.   I talked to the Aboriginal Staff to bounce ideas and consult with, they were all very supportive of my Community project, which was an amazing day with high attendance, great feedback and support for my higher vision of owning my own Indigenous Tourism Adventure Shop.