Sardines Under The Wharf

The sardines are used by the islanders as live bait on a hand line after being jigged. The wharf sits in a deep cut out to the reef making an ideal deep water fishing spot. On a family fishing expedition at the wharf my son (who was 3 years old at the time) caught a sardine on a line. He made friends with the sardine and decided to keep him safe in his pocket. It was a couple of hours later that we discovered and met his new friend.
‘Sardines under the Wharf’ as a concept was developed to preserve the special memory I have of my son and his aquatic (and slightly smelly) friend.

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Francoise Lane


Francoise Lane

Art is a form of expression and extension of self. My art narratives are of place, people and country of significance to me. I also think art can be a tool to see the world from a different perspective. In 2013, Francoise began creating a series of artworks inspired by her connection to Hammond Island, in the Torres Strait. Her work reflects the love of the country and experiences with family on country, which she holds dear. Every print has a meaningful story behind it that tells of cultural values living on in her family, children and grandchildren. Her artworks are translated into surface pattern designs for textiles applications for interiors, soft furnishings and built environment. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Cairns Regional Gallery and Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square Melbourne, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her international collaboration with Emily Millichip was a finalist at the Creative Edinburgh Awards 2018. She creates what makes her happy, loves to use, and then shares it with the world.