Clan group: Kuku Yalanji
Language group: Guugu Yalandji
Delissa Walker was born in 1990 in Cairns, Queensland, and grew up in the region of Mossman and the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland.
Delissa is a young artist who has learnt traditional kakan basket weaving from her grandmother, Ngadijina Wilma Walker. She is one of a very few weavers who uses black palm which is found in Daintree Rainforests around Cow Bay. Traditionally these baskets were used for carrying gathered foods, as well as babies. The knotting technique she uses in her weaving is also used in her contemporary jewellery pieces and open weave mats.
Her works have been acquired by a number of public art collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1 Dec 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
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