Kaylene Maalste – When East Meets West – Pearls, Gold and Sugar
I had several ideas for this challenge, but the final selection came to me after watching a TV program on Chinese influence on Australian cooking, so I looked at our history concerning the gold rush era, pearling in Western Australia and the early days of the sugar industry in Queensland as these industries relied on labour from the east and South Pacific. I have posted the links to this history for further reading, unfortunately some of this history is sad and unforgivable.
Technique: Images printed on old damask tablecloth and hand quilted with embellishment of hand embroidery and gold metal leaf on fabric and pearl buttons.
Close up view:
Images of the Chinese gold miners and mining regulations translated to Chinese.
Top right hand side has a map of the labour trade routes from the South Pacific and a group of Kanak students at school.
Photograph of pearl luggers in Western Australia