I want my design to stand amongst the colonial building blocks of our contemporary society and remind everyone who passes it, that wherever they may be travelling, we are all travelling together on the land of the Eora. I want ‘Eora’ to be a symbolic gesture of unity and acknowledgement, with a vision to the continued shared history we have in this country.
The distinctive marks I make, and Aboriginal people have always made, hold one thing in common, they are made by the hand and celebrate the natural world they are created in.
For the 40,000 years of mark making that has happened in this country, the marks made were a reflection of the endless changing shapes that described the land and what lived upon it. Straight lines and flat surfaces didn’t exist. In ‘Eora’ I want to celebrate this visual language. I want the surfaces, the marks made, the line work used, to be filled with the spirit of the many thousands of people before me and not leave a surface untouched by the hand.
With this in mind, I do not want to fight against the wonderful architectural forms held within the King and Philip building, but celebrate the remarkable fusion of two different worlds and design ideologies embracing each other. This has the possibility of creating something new, unseen and making a statement that Aboriginal design and organic shapes can exist in a considered raw form within the contemporary architectural forms of the city.
“we are all travelling together on the land of the Eora…”
fjmtstudio acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work.
We recognise their continuing connection to Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We extend this acknowledgement to Indigenous People globally, recognising their human
rights and freedoms as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.