Men in Mourning from the series Ritual and Ceremony by Maree Clarke. 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery

Linear Artists: Glenda Nicholls

I was born on the verandah of the Swan Hill District Hospital in Wamba Wamba country in 1954. My Aboriginal name is Jule Yarra Minj, which means Little River Girl. I recognize my Wadi Wadi /Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri descendants. I am the second child of nine children. in keeping with my storyline, I have incorporated the stories of women and fishing practices in my woven pieces. Both parents taught the visual skills of animal tracking and listening skills of the bush and its environmental surroundings.

My netmaking processes and techniques continue to be in keeping with the weaving and knotting process of bygone days.

Women and fishing have always been of interest to me as I grew up in a fishing family. Over the years my work has acknowledged the hand-fishing technique taught by my maternal grandmother, Emily Karpany (nee Pinkie), and the whole pole-fishing technique used by my paternal grandmother, Lady Gladys Nicholls(nee Bux).

For me growing up and living near the waterways has brought a sense of being grounded when I needed healing.

Our mob make art to keep the weaving and craft practices alive. And so, now the storyline continue, and the passing of weaving and craft knowledge is carried into the future generations in a contemporary way. We still consult, counsel and acknowledge, not only each other but also our ancestors, promoting self- esteem, pride and acknowledgement of different and yet the same practices within our cultures before, now and into the future.