School holiday camping on the amazing North Stradbroke Island and we signed up for this fabulous sand art workshop on the beach right in front of our camp site. Craig had collected the coloured sand from secret locations around the island. He then drew the outline of our choice of animal to be seen on Straddie. We were then let loose ‘colouring in’ with the sand. I got really adventurous and did my own turtle, outline and all.
The beach was covered with sharks, stingrays, whales, dolphins, dugong and a pelican…..
“Craig Tapp lives on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. He is a descendant of the Noonuccal and Ngugi people of the Moreton Bay region, Quandamooka Yulu Burri Ba – ‘place of the people of land and sea’.
The art of caring for Country – protecting land, sea, water, air, animals and plants – is the theme of Tappy’s sand art work. His passion is sharing art-making and cultural exchange.
A family man, Tappy’s creative focus is his coloured sand art. He also works in acrylics on canvas, and makes jewellery using Dugong bone, black coral, pipi shells, quompie shells, seeds and echidna quills collected from island beaches, mangroves, sands and the sea.
These natural materials are precious. Tappy crafts limited editions. The making of each piece of jewellery is a spiritual experience, strengthening his connection to Country, people and cultural heritage.” (This is an exert from his web site.)
Tappy came with a dance troop to my sons school a few years ago. He worked with the children and they mixed the coloured sand with glue in squeezy bottles and made patterns on canvas…….