Natalie Barnes is a Bunurong Trawlwoolway artist and a maker of useful, inspiring and beautiful things.
I am a photographer and artist living on the country of the Kulin nation in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. My matriarchal family line traditionally comes from north eastern Tasmania through Wottecowidyer, one of four daughters of the head of my family, the revered Pairrebeener clansman and formidable warrior leader, Mannalargenna; and from the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation of south eastern Victoria.
I started exploring creativity as a child, studying dance, music and languages before falling in love with photography. More recently I have been learning traditional art, with a focus on the cultural practices of the art of fibre and kelp craft and of shell stringing.
Through the exploration of country, the learning of traditional culture practice from my elders and the study of the history of my ancestors, I seek to be a storyteller using a combination of contemporary and traditional practices and materials.