My Voice. My Truth. My Story. Lydia Baker.
Updated: Jul 11, 2019
Silversmith and Artist
NAIDOC week, July 7-14.
Voice. Treaty. Truth.
Let’s work together, for a shared future.
Indigenous Australia is a people who are the oldest continuing culture in the world, well over 65,000 thousand years old. In this 6 part series, in celebration of NAIDOC week, I share the voices of 5 of my Aboriginal brothers and sisters. Be inspired, and listen to the richness in what they have to share.
"I'm a descendant of the Bundjalung and Mununjali people. I feel connected to my country everyday. I'm grateful to walk and touch the same earth they once did. I've always had a love for creativity, and for nature.
Bush walking, and connecting with my country is an endless inspiration for me. Some of the most important issues, as Australians, in my opinion is mental health and drug abuse, especially in our youth. More support in these areas would help our next generation and keep our family connections alive."
Lydia is a talented young Aboriginal Australian silversmith and artist, who lives on the Gold Coast with her family.
I first came across Lydia's stunning designs on Instagram, where her entire account is a visual feast for the eyes, each piece lovingly presented with the thought, alchemy and work that is spent so evidently into each creation.
Each one is handcrafted with detail, using recycled sterling silver, and many pieces also feature Australian stones and gems. Lydia's dedication as an artist is one that is truly felt through the essence of her work and very unique expression.
Lydia can be connected with here:
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, whose origins can be traced to the emergence of groups formed in the 1920’s created to increase awareness to the wider community of the treatment and lives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
For more information, and how to get involved visit www.naidoc.org.au
Written by Nicole Armit, The Mindfoodie.