Tegan Murdock is a proud member of the Barkindtji tribe, originating from Coomealla, Lake Victoria and the Mungo regions from her mother’s ancestors. While also belonging to the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes, originating from the Shepparton area from her father’s ancestors. She now lives on the Northern Beaches.
After her mother taught her to weave, she began to create jewellery, wall pieces and taught others to weave. She hopes her weaving will help to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
How old were you when you started weaving and who did you learn your skills from?
I was 29 when I learnt how to weave. Unfortunately weaving wasn’t around when I was growing up so I didn’t have the opportunity to pick it up any earlier.
Can you explain a little about the cultural significance of weaving to you and your family?
Weaving is a significant cultural practice for Aboriginal families and communities as it is a traditional art form that has been passed down through generations. Weaving is not just a practical skill, but it is also a way of connecting with the land, ancestors, and culture.
Weaving is also a way of building community and strengthening relationships. Many Aboriginal communities come together to weave, sharing stories and knowledge while creating beautiful works of art.
Overall, weaving is a significant cultural practice for Aboriginal families and communities, as it is a way of preserving and sharing cultural knowledge, connecting with the land and ancestors, and building community and relationships.
What is the most positive thing about the Northern Beaches creative scene and what impact does it have on your artistic output?
The Northern Beaches creative scene has a unique and positive aspect to it. One of the most exciting things about this scene is that it brings together artists from different backgrounds to share their talents and passion, which is quite inspiring. As an artist, personally, this creative scene has had a tremendous impact on my artistic output. Being surrounded by these brilliant minds has allowed me to grow and evolve as an artist, knowing I have such amazing support around me. It is quite an enriching experience that has helped me to expand my creative potential positively.
Tell us why you wanted to be a Creative Open Ambassador for 2023? What do you like about the program?
I have always had a passion for creativity, and I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the beaches as a Creative Open Ambassador. Moreover, I am genuinely impressed with the program's support for creatives and the opportunity to promote their work.
Can you tell us about any upcoming work or projects you have on for 2023/2024?
I have just opened a new shop in Narrabeen where weekly basket weaving workshops will be happening.
What are your short and long term goals as an artist/s?
As an Aboriginal artist, my short-term goal is to promote and share our culture with everyone. It is essential to me that our beautiful culture is celebrated and appreciated by all. In the long term, I aspire to continue developing my artistic skills and ultimately inspire other Indigenous artists to rise and show their talent to the world.