Articles

Stella Maria de Guia writes about Ernesto Du-lang, proud resident woodcarver of the Baguio City Museum, Philippines.

The Outback through Afghan eyes

Jahan Rezakhanlou writes about the painting and poetry of Hazara artist Elyas Alavi as an estuary that connects the experience of Afghan cameleers with Indigenous Australians.

Raci’s mangrove apple: A batik message from the coast of Pasuruan to the fashion catwalk

Lauren Veronica Sidarsono writes from the village of the "little King" that celebrates the mangrove fruit with fashionable batik.

A feed of sacred lotus – Nelumbo nucifera

Gary Warner has gathered 42 images that each reveal a remarkable feature of the sacred lotus.

The Bung Yarnda Observatorium

For her FLOAT residency, Josephine Jakobi makes work about and with the estuary.

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s Freshwater Saltwater Weave

Mel George writes about Jenni Kemarre Martiniello's glass works that transmogrify ancient fibre forms.

Garrapara: Deep waters and the cycle of life and death 

Will Stubbs writes how Gunybi Ganambarr uses leftover building insulation to represent the cycle of life and death in salt and fresh water.

The Svord Peasant Knife: Thanks to “Heavenly Blue Sky”

Bryan Baker recounts the day a Czech master arrived at his door and passed on the secrets that would enable him to develop the knife that is sold by hundreds of thousands around the world.

Martin Hill and Philippa Jones: Encircling the world

Alasdair Foster writes about the New Zealand duo that crafts emblematic shapes from the landscape to be captured by the camera.

Assegai: A spear of light across the Indian Ocean

Adam Markowitz reflects on the origins of his pendant light and why he decided to give it a Zulu name.

Embroidering pugholes

Sera Waters describes how her embroidery brings to the surface the holes dug during settlement that remained as wounds on the landscape.

Omar Musa blends words and the wood carving of Borneo to explore beauty, rage and history

Kevin Brophy describes how Omar Musa blends words and the wood carving of Borneo to explore beauty, rage and history

Treasures from Marege: Yolŋu-Makassan trade today

Diane Moon and Will Stubbs describe the exchange between Yolŋu and Makassan cultures that continues after their trade was banned.

Goahten: At home with Sámi

There is more to Swedish furniture than IKEA. Katarina Spik Skum has produced authentic iconic Sámi furnishings that reconnect with nomad roots.

Tonantsintlalli: Our Mother Earth

Desiree Ibinarriaga and David Marcelino Cayetano bring people together through their Nahuatl culture.

dhurrung wurruki nyayl ngarrp – kunang

Tammy Gilson reflects on the combined Wadawurrung connection to Country and English sense of industry that has shaped her artistic path and social leadership.

Chechia: The little red hat that symbolises Tunisia

Leila Ben-Gacem follows an iconic hat whose production journey travels across Tunisia. 

Samuel Tupou’s Low Resolution Dreamz: Memory in hand-crafted pixels

Miranda Hine finds clarity in the tapa-inspired pixelated versions of precious family photographs.

Art protects us and our shared world: Two messages from Indigenous Brazil

Arassari Pataxó and Kulikyrda “Stive” Mehinaku bring the cultures of Pataxó and Mehinaku peoples to the metropolis.

Manong Ernesto: Carving history in Baguio

Stella Maria de Guia writes about Ernesto Du-lang, proud resident woodcarver of the Baguio City Museum, Philippines.

Pui ✿ Sharing happiness with Sukhothai ceramics

Witiya Pittungnapoo reflects on the unique celadon designs from a Thai maker that reflect the royal Sukhothai culture.

Tea with Abbas: Tibetan jewellery in Nepal

Gary Wornell visits the workshop of Abbas Karim Bhatt, who brings resplendent Tibetan jewellery to the bustle of Kathmandu.

Australia or Bandaiyan? 

Bardi Elder, Aunty Munya Andrews, writes about her people's name for "Australia", which describes a bisexual being.

How we reached the estuary

"Law is not for humans to make over with a set of rules for the orderly acquisition of their own imagined necessities; instead, it is intended that humans work with and abide by that into which humanity is patterned. By taking on that responsibility through witnessing the laws of the ‘other’ – whether that is the planet or a hopping mouse – each in its own way witnesses the human into reality." Christine Black Fresh and salt waters belong to different worlds: the land and the ocean. The estuary is where they meet, not to dissolve their difference, but to create a new ecology. The concept emerged from the pathfinding meetings that are part of the development of each issue. [...]