Hi everyone, it has been a while since I have blogged, last post was at Broome WA. We have returned home and spent 4 days without power courtesy of “the storm of the century”. Really enjoyed Broome and thought I might post about how the locals have embraced their local landmarks to create art/craft.
Broome has 37C temps, red soil, straight roads, ‘Staircases to the Moon’ and ‘Boab trees’. These trees have very swollen and rounded trucks that take on a bottle like appearance. The Boab has become a popular inspiration for artists and craftspeople along with the “The staircase to the moon” . When the full moon rises over low ocean tides the reflections appear like a staircase.
Broome is also famous for its beautiful pearls, and has numerous upmarket jewellery stores, fell in love with a $74,000 strand, but settled for buying pearls in my price range at the Court House markets (top photo) where the Boab tree , Stairway to the Moon and natural environment featured strongly in so many of the stall owner’s work. Using the moon photo for inspiration and knowing that there local industry is pearls, can you guess what was a common motif ????
This piece was created by Amanda of Dahlia Designs, just one of her many interpretations. The Boab tree motif also figures strongly in her work . This piece I bought for my Mum for Mothers Day.
Natures Alchemy had a range of beautiful knits imprinted/dyed with flora from bush.
Below is an example of the subtle earthy tones of Alchemy’s fabric.
This lady up-cycles clothes by combining scarves, curtains and table clothes. Her stall is appropriately called Re-Vamp.
Seems to me that Broome has a lot of talented people, who have embraced their local icons and have created some beautiful work. I really enjoyed visiting the markets, local shops and admiring their pearl jewellery. About an hours flight from Broome are the Horizontal falls located in the Kimberly. Here are a few pics of the unusual ‘falls’ created by the rising or falling tide rushing through two small pinches. Isn’t it fabulous to feast your eyes on those spectacular colours!
Would love to visit again….but have to get my SWAP together!
Love sewing, Cheryl