Art of the Skins in slq Gallery > Art of the skins in kuril dhagun > Community Cloaks > Art of the Skins > Digitals stories featuring Melinda Serico, Uncle Nurdon Serico, Libby Connors, Aunty Joyce Watson, Judy Watson, Rani Carmichael, Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs. Melinda Serico Melinda Serico is a descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people from the Sunshine Coast region on her grandmother’s side, and the Iman people from Central Queensland on her grandfather’s side. She is a practising visual artist inspired by places in the landscape, nature’s beauty and her cultural heritage. Melinda describes learning about cloak making through a historical newspaper article, which inspired her to research her cultural connections and traditional practices further. Her digital story reflects on the important intergenerational exchange that occurred during community collaborations and workshops that she participated in. Melinda has shared her artwork and story as part of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Community Cloak. View Story Art of the Skins exhibition launch, SLQ gallery. Photography by LaVonne Bobongie Wall. Caption Digital story with Melinda Serico Location: kuril dhagun, SLQ, 2016 A part of Art of the Skins exhibition Uncle Nurdon Serico Senior Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Elder Uncle Nurdon Serico has worked extensively with Indigenous communities and the health system. After a long career in Radiography, including recognition with a Churchill Fellowship, Uncle Nurdon is now retired, devoting his time to sharing and preserving his culture. Uncle Nurdon shares a personal account of possum skin cloak making traditions. Drawing on stories and cultural knowledge handed down from generations, he provides insight into the significance of these practices for Aboriginal people and how this relates to traditional methodologies of caring for Country such as resourcefulness and sustainability. Uncle Nurdon has shared his artwork and story as part of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Community Cloak. View Story Wiruungga Dunggiirr wearing a cloak completed at the Wiruungga Community possum skin cloak workshop, 2016, Conondale, QLD. Photo by Glenn Barry Libby Connors Libby Connors is a senior history lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the author of a number of Australian history books, including Warrior: A legendary leader's dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier (2015). Warrior revolves around the life of Dundalli, an Aboriginal leader and hero at the forefront of opposition to settlement of the Moreton Bay district the region around Meanjin, or Brisbane city, in the 1840s. This publication also provides valuable references to possum skin cloaks in the daily life of Aboriginal people in South East Queensland. Libby discusses her research, mainly uncovered from pastoralists’ papers, Tom Petrie’s reminiscences and the historical account from Gaiarbau (also referred to as Uncle Willie McKenzie). During the 1950’s, Dr L P Winterbotham recorded a number of interviews with Gaiarbau which was compiled into a manuscript. This documentation provides a detailed understanding of Aboriginal culture in South East Queensland during settlement times View Story SLQ Gallery. Photo by LaVonne Bobongie Wall. Aunty Joyce Watson, Judy Watson and Rani Carmichael Aunty Joyce Watson, her daughter Judy Watson and grand-daughter Rani Carmichael are descendants of the Waanyi people of North West Queensland. Aunty Joyce and Judy are both practising visual artists, working across a range of mediums including print making. Judy is an internationally renowned visual artist, through her practice she explores and reflects a strong connection to land, culture and histories of Aboriginal people. Aunty Joyce, Judy and Rani’s story celebrates family and pays tribute to their maternal connection. Together, they share how stories have been handed down through generations, inspiring their artworks for the Brisbane Community Cloak. View Story Gold Coast Drum Cloak. Photo by LaVonne Bobongie Wall. Carol McGregor Digital story with Carol McGregor A part of the Art of the Skins exhibition Location: kuril dhagun, Qld, 2016 View Story Kim Tilley, Leisha Krause, Aunty Boni Robertson, Carol McGregor, Shelly Monkland and Bianca Beetson at the Gubbi Gubbi/ Kabi Kabi workshop, Kenilworth, November 2015. Photo by kuril dhagun. Glennys Briggs Digital story with Glennys Briggs A part of Art of the Skins exhibition. Location: kuril dhagun, Qld, 2016 View Story Brisbane Community Cloak. Photo by LaVonne Bobongie Wall.