An art activity developed by Karla Dickens in collaboration with the National Gallery’s Learning team – download the pdf and try it yourself!
'I love using fabrics as it invites a broad range of people that might not be interested in art to look and engage. Using old fabrics tends to resonate with people whether they are aware of it or not. Someone might have a memory from their grandmother's tablecloth or their sister's skirt. 'Gum leaves represent the sacred cleansing or smoking, a practice which I regularly engage in at home and at special events in the community. The essence of this practice is to call in the ancestors to bless the area to be smoked. It promotes a clean and healthy atmosphere and fresh start.'