Bundjalung-Munajali woman Euphemia Bostock was a founding member/chairperson and the logo designer of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. She has worked across a variety of media including textile, sculpture and printmaking since the 1960s. Euphemia is well known for her possum skin design, for which she cites as a lived experience when seeing an incised possum skin cloak from the 19th century on display in the Museum of Victoria in Melbourne. Her experiences and knowledge has inspired her to reproduce her designs on other fabrics including blankets, designer sheets and women’s clothing.
In 1986, Euphemia’s designer garments were showcased in the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service Fashion Show at the University of New South Wales. The following year, Bostock joined artists Bronwyn Bancroft and Mini Heath to showcase their collection of handprinted garments at the Au Printemps Department Store exhibition titled ‘Australis down under’ in Paris.
Euphemia’s work is also held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Museum of Australia. In 2001 Euphemia produced a collaborative Reconciliation Sculpture with artist Jan Shaw for Macquarie University’s Sculpture Garden.
ADC recognises the significant creative practice of Euphemia as the work and story of the artist is deeply connected to our history of Aboriginal art and design. As part of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her We Can’, we highlight the rich history of Euphemia for which she continues to inspire our future generations.
Works on display:
Euphemia Bostock: Fashion Collection 1987
A collection of handprinted garments featuring original designs created by Euphemia Bostock for the 1987 Au Printemps Department Store exhibition ‘Australis down under’ in Paris.
Thursday 21 June to Sunday 29 July 2018
101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
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