Handmade Millefiori polymer clay beads strung on leather thonging
These polymer clay beads are Tallara Gray's specialty. Millefiori means 'a thousand flowers' and the technique was perfected by Italian artisans who would combine coloured rods or canes of glass to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Tallara uses the technique to create pendants and earrings that have been popular with Baluk Arts customers for years.
Tallara Gray is a descendant of the Gudang people of far north Cape York. She grew up on Yuggera and Ugarapul country in South East Queensland, and joined Baluk Arts following her move to Mornington in 2016.
She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Visual Art (Fine Art) Honours in 2015. Her honours project titled You and I are worthwhile: Exploring cultural and environmental agency through contemporary art expressed lived experiences of identity politics and environmental activism to create a body of artworks that reflect the interactions, stories and memories that make up that narrative.
Tallara continues to explore her experience of Aboriginal culture and family narratives through the natural landscape and stories. Her work takes the form of sculpture and mixed media works, including photographic and text explorations.
She remains an active and valued member of the Baluk Arts team despite moving home to Brisbane in 2018.