ELAINE CHAMBERS HEGARTY
Introducing our highly talented Head Graphic Designer - Elaine Chambers-Hegarty - a Kuku Yalanji and Koa woman...
My parents were both born in Cherbourg Qld, after their parents were relocated there, under a policy of segregation by the Qld government in the 1900's. They are my inspiration! They have always encouraged me to shoot for the stars yet to respect all and be proud of my heritage. Their kind and nurturing ways have been a foundation in my life. Family is so very important to me and my own wonderful husband and our amazing daughter complete my world!
I was so blessed to inherit my Dad's creative genes. This artistic ability and my love of computers led me to pursue a career as a Graphic Designer. It has been such a wonderful profession and one I have thoroughly enjoyed for the past 26 years. My work has been in the Media arena for most of those years, winning Newspapers highest achievement award - a PANPA award for creative excellence and in 2015, l won the NAIDOC design award.
But one of my great loves is creating designs for my people. My greatest reward is in the happy response I receive, when I have been able to translate someone's concept/story into a creation that can be printed onto whatever medium, they want. It makes me proud to be a part of bringing their story to life!
What I bring to the table - my Indigenous heritage and my natural creative abilities coupled with years of experience - enables me to create truly authentic, original designs that are stunning and on trend.
My mother is of Aboriginal and South Sea Island descent, with links to Blackall, Eulo and Vanuatu. My father is a proud Nunukul man from Stradbroke Island. Both my parents grew up in Paddington, Brisbane.
Family is very important to me, they give me the strength and ambition to accomplish anything. My backbone is supported by my Mother; who has taught me respect and patience, my Grandmother; strength and determination and my Aunty; love and kindness.
I was meant to become a teacher (like my mother), although I felt that was not my passion. I have always loved drawing & technology, so when I found out I could create artwork on a computer, I knew that is what I wanted to do. I then completed short courses in Graphic Design, whilst working as a Full-Time Administration Officer for five years.
Seeing the emotional expressions from people, when they see the work I have created for them, remind me that this is what I love to do.
Sid is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played in several positions for several clubs. Domic played in Australia for the Brisbane Broncos and Penrith Panthers and in England for the London Broncos, Warrington Wolves, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull.
Sid started painting in 1996 at the age of 21. He is a descendant of the Kalkadoons of Northwest Queensland. Sid’s research about the Kalkadoons and about Aboriginal history allows him to use his artworks to tell the stories about his family.
My family are Yuwaalaraay people from north west New South Wales/bordering QLD, Australia. My recent paintings are not normally based on dreamtime stories, but a spiritual representation of my own story telling, based on my feelings, moods, values, circumstance and the stories shared with me. I hope to present another way of responding to events, the people and the emotions that make up our lives, and clarify understanding of the often confusing experiences around us. My grandparents did not pass down any traditional indigenous stories, however recently my great Uncle Vic Chapman has spent time with me and reconnecting my art with stories. He is a recognised ceramicist, and is encouraging me to follow suit in ceramic decorating... If I get around to it!