BEVERLY SMITH, Indigenous Craft + Design Workshop Program
'This ring shows a collection of eucalyptus leaves I use in my art practice to tell stories of my Aboriginal culture, identity, family and values in my art practice as a natural dye to tell my stories of the my Country.'
A descendent of the Murawari Nation, North West New South Wales and South West Queensland, Smith did not grow up on Country but in a town in New South Wales called Murrumburrah. She learnt of her Aboriginality when in her 20s and has made many visits to her family on Country at Brewarrina in New South Wales. She has completed education through the Aboriginal units at University of Newcastle, completed a Master of Philosophy in Aboriginal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at Deakin University, Geelong. Smith has also completed Aboriginal art and cultural courses through the Purrimaibahn Unit at TAFE Hunter Valley. Smith graduated in December 2018 with a Master of Visual Arts from ANU. Her art practice is in Printmedia and Drawing using natural dyes and earth pigments.