CABLE X HOLLY SANDERS

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For the second instalment of our Australian Creator Series 
we have partnered with Contemporary Aboriginal Artist,
Holly Sanders. 
@hollysanders_art

We have collaborated with Holly to create a series of custom paintings, each one portraying a unique story of her people, their land, community, traditions and culture.

Proceeds from the campaign will be donated to
Children’s Ground,
who work to change the futures of First Nations children. 

We have 10 custom Holly Sanders paintings for sale. 
Each one is on display in a Cable store around Australia. 

Enquire with your local store about purchasing a piece. 

Click here to view store locations 

 

SOLD
‘‘Flowering Gums’’
 
61 x 76cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Hawthorn boutique 
PH: 03 9852 7525

hawthorn 
This work represents eucalyptus flowering blossoms on Country. During summer, colour explodes from gum nuts like fireworks on these beautiful trees. The Eucalyptus tree is of cultural significance for Aboriginal people and has many uses. The blossoms are used as a source of nectar by soaking the flower in water to create a sweet drink. Native bees enjoy the nectar rich blossoms and honey is found in the hollows of the branches. The leaves also produce eucalyptus oil, which is used for medicinal purposes such as for body pains and fevers, treating sores and for cleansing in sacred smoking ceremonies.

 

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 ‘‘Healing Ground’’ 
61 x 76cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Armadale boutique  
PH: 03 9822 1559

armadaleThis work depicts the Tea Tree ground. Tea Trees with their shiny white and grey paper bark reflect the moonlight and illuminate the country. Aboriginal people came to know of the tea tree’s healing properties thousands of years ago. They crushed the leaves and applied the paste to cuts, burns, bites and skin ailments. They also brewed the leaves into tea for coughs, colds and inflammations of the throat and bathed in the healing tea tree stained lakes.

 

‘‘Country’’
61 x 76cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Hyde Park boutique 
PH: 08 8272 8946

hyde park
This work is a celebration of Country. We have thrived and lived sustainably with the land we call Australia for more than 60,000 years. Our relationship with Country is sacred, and is interconnected with our culture, family and kinship, traditions, song lines, languages, and physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Country is our mother and gives us our identity and sense of belonging. Honouring this reciprocal relationship with the land is central to Aboriginal culture and is a concept important for all people living in Australia today.

 

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“Weaving"
 
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Brighton boutique 
PH: 03 9592 5497
 

brighton

 This work represents weaving, which is one of the oldest art forms in the world. Weaving expresses our cultural identity and traditions that date back many thousands of years. Our ancient art of weaving has been used to create food tools, baskets, fishing nets and skin cloaks for warmth. Ceremonial and traditional objects were made from plant materials gathered from the bush or string made from animal and human hair. The various grasses and leaves were stripped into ideal widths, then softened by soaking them in water or by drawing them through hot ashes. Plants, bulbs and leaves required for different weaving methods were collected at specific times of year. Our dilly bags, containers, floor mats and rope were expertly made, showing the skill that has been passed on by women for over a thousand generations.

 

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“Healing Country”
 
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Carlton boutique  
PH: 03 9348 0665

carlton

This work depicts the Tea Tree ground. Tea Trees with their shiny white and grey paper reflect the moonlight and illuminate the country. Aboriginal people came to know of the tea tree’s healing properties thousands of years ago. They crushed the leaves and applied the paste to cuts, burns, bites and skin ailments. They also brewed the leaves into tea for coughs, colds and inflammations of the throat and bathed in the healing tea tree stained lakes. 

 

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‘Women on Country" 
61 x 76cm acrylic on stretched canvas 
Location: Bowral boutique   
PH: 02 4862 1285

bowral

For thousands of generations, women have guided and supported each other on Country. Women have carried our Dreaming, song lines, languages and bush food and medicine lines, languages and knowledge. This has kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet. Women possess a detailed knowledge of our local environment, knowing which plants hold food and medicinal properties, how to use them, and where to find them.  Women are educators, instilling in their jarjums (children) the knowledge of how to locate, gather, prepare food and care for Country.

 

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‘‘Country and community’’
 
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Manuka boutique 
PH: 02 6239 6397

manuka

This work represents our ties to Country and community. The meeting place symbols intricate dotting symbolises these links. Country gives us a sense of belonging, which includes cultural, emotional and social ties that bind us to family, kin and community. Our connection to country is inherent, we are born to it, it is how we identify ourselves, it is our family, our lore, our responsibility, our inheritance and our legacy. We are a diverse group of people of hundreds of nations, and clans within those nations. Each with our own unique connection to Country, traditions and beliefs, languages, knowledge systems, lore and art. Our communities also keep our cultural heritage alive by passing our sacred knowledge, arts, ceremonies and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, teaching accountability, protecting cultural lore, sacred and significant sites, and objects.

 

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“Healing Tea Tree Lake”
 
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: Mosman boutique 
PH: 02 9960 3548 
  

mosman

This work represents the tea tree stained lakes that are scattered on Country. Aboriginal people were the first to know of the Tea Tree’s healing properties. Leaves were crushed into paste and applied to cuts, burns, bites and skin ailments. The leaves were brewed into tea for coughs, colds and inflammation. Women bathed and gave birth in the healing tea tree stained lakes as part of ceremonial and sacred practices of Women’s Business.

 

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“Sand hills at sunset”
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas 
Location: Sorrento boutique    
PH: 0436 690 841

sorrento

This work represents the importance of sand environments on saltwater Country. Sand environments around the ocean and estuaries provided an abundance of wild food where there were always plenty of resources to share. Middens were also common and unfortunately sand mining and development has destroyed many valuable midden sites. The passing on of knowledge about Country to the younger generation is an important tradition and sand painting was a common art form in coastal areas, where coloured sands were used to create a temporary picture and story that was then washed away by the next high tide.

 

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“Bush seeds and berries”
 
51 x 61cm acrylic on stretched canvas
Location: St. Ives boutique
PH: 02 9449 5110

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This work represents the collection of bush seeds and berries on Country. Aboriginal people are the world’s first bread makers and bakers. Bread making involved collecting seasonal seeds, grain, legumes, roots or nuts, grinding these into a flour and then adding water to form a dough. It was a labour intensive task and was usually a woman's job, generally carried out by several women at once. Millstones for grinding seeds into flour have been discovered which date to be over 36,000 years old, which is well ahead of other civilisations, such as the Egyptians, that started baking early on.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Contemporary Aboriginal Artist and teacher, Holly Sanders, is a proud Bundjalung woman from the North Coast of New South Wales who is currently based on Yuin Country, South Coast NSW. Through her art, she aims to share her stories, culture and Country in a contemporary way. The patterns of her Saltwater Country motivate her, as do stories from the past.

The colours and patterns utilised in her art are a reflection of her connection to Country and used to develop a modern interpretation of her Aboriginal culture. Painting is important for her identity, wellbeing and expresses the way she understands and respects her culture, ancestors and Country.

“I always look to Country- the land, the sky and the sea- and use these images, stories and memories to paint. I use my art to tell the story of my Country and ancestors because I want to be able to share and celebrate my culture in a contemporary way with everyone”.

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, water and sky, who have thrived and lived sustainably with the land we now call Australia for more than 60,000 years. We pay our respects to Elders of the past and present for their strength, knowledge and leadership. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land, the oldest and longest continuing culture on the planet.  

This art collection celebrates the relationship Aboriginal people have with our sacred country. Aboriginal people's relationship with country is interconnected with culture, family and kinship, traditions, song lines, languages, and physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Connection to country is inherent and Aboriginal people are born to it, it is how they identify themselves; it is their family, lore, responsibility and legacy.

Aboriginal art and its sacred symbols are intrinsically linked to the longest continuing culture in the world, a form to preserve stories, traditions and culture. The story-telling and symbols represented in this contemporary art collection does not represent all Aboriginal culture groups or peoples. Aboriginal people are a diverse group of hundreds of nations, and clans within those nations, each with their own unique traditions and beliefs, languages, knowledge systems, lore and art.