Sahr Bashir ✿ To put things in their places

As a Garland perennial, Sahr Bashir has contributed stories that reflect a deep connection to place.

Living and working between Australia and Pakistan, my creative practice explores ways to express the poetics of everyday life through the construction of visual and material narratives. By re-appropriating natural forms and discarded fragments, my work takes the form of wearable and non-wearable objects to address the notions of “place” as both a physical and emotional manifestation of home. Engaging with the artefacts prompts a dialogue with the self to become a form of storytelling: to question and reflect upon the entangled relationships that bind people, places, and objects and to inform the material thinking and making process. As the viewer navigates through a vortex of memories, nostalgia and remembrance, time stands still. Both the object and the craft process become a means to reframe a narrative of belonging, of finding comfort in being “out-of-place”.

Sahr Bashir is an art educator, visual artist and researcher working across the disciplines of contemporary art, craft and design. Following a postgraduate degree from UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Sahr has been teaching in the tertiary education sector to develop educational materials, creative workshops and design interventions. She is a recipient of the Alumni Excellence Award for Education by the Australian Government for her contribution to skills training and community development for craftspeople and women. Currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, Sahr’s research examines how art and craft-making practices may be critical to conceptual constructions of belonging and identity. Visit

Mann-o-Salwaa: Savouring the food of the heavens - Sahr Bashir evokes the rich culinary history of her Pakistani homeland, kept alive in the silversmithing that adorns it.  
Dekh Magar Pyaar Say: Meanderings into the sublime - Sahr Bashir reflects on the dazzling ride through Lahore by auto-rickshaw
To have and to hold: Precious objects from a place called “home” - Sahr Bashir reports on a paper jewellery project that traces lost and found homes.
And They Lived Happily Ever After: Object narratives from a land far away - Sahr Bashir reflects on the uncanny material adventures of Pakistani artists Masooma Syed and Affan Baghpati.
A labour of love: The Humnawa Project - Sahr Bashir travels 12 hours by bus to the Pakistani village deep in the Punjab region to "burst the urban bubble" and understand how design is not just about glamour but is also a matter of "real world" problem solving.
Unapologetic: A perspective on contemporary jewellery in Pakistan - Sahir Bashir heralds the remarkable rise of contemporary jewellery in Pakistan, featuring atavistic Zohra Rahman, charming Amber Sami and committed Aiza Mahmood. Bashir places this emergence in the broader perspective of a vibrant cultural scene.