Elaine Chambers-Hegarty has designed the beautiful artwork for the IUIH Because of Her Campaign. Elaine credits many strong people in her life for her creative success.
Elaine Chambers is an Indigenous graphic designer and artist – with cultural links to the Koa and Kuku Yalanji people. Elaine’s parents were both born in Cherbourg Queensland, she says that both her parents and grandparents are a great inspiration to her.
“They have always encouraged me to shoot for the stars or to have personal goals, and to always respect and be proud of my heritage.”
Elaine’s artistic ability and passion for digital design led her to pursue a career in graphic design straight after she left school. She has enjoyed working in this profession for the past 29 years.
She says, “My greatest reward is in the happy response I receive, when I have been able to translate someone’s concept/story into a creation that can be printed onto whatever medium”
Elaine has developed the concept for the Because of her artwork, with a reflection of Aunty Pam Mam’s story and also experiences of other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the community.
The Because of Her campaign has been developed by IUIH to establish connection and belonging in the community. IUIH aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by Indigenous women and girls of all ages, in South East Queensland. IUIH will be collecting community stories showcasing the women who have made our community what it is today, and those who will lead our community in the future.
Elaine’s artwork is a contemporary representation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait women that have been here before us, and their pathways that have lead us on our journeys in life.
“I chose vibrant colours because this year’s NAIDOC theme celebrates what our women have achieved over the years, and I wanted to celebrate the power and strength of these women.”
She says the colours chosen are also colours that we see in our flora, which embraces the colours of our plant life that are amongst this wonderful land.
“The circles represent a flow of energy and flow of knowledge shared from our elders down to our young and a connection of the journey our stories travel.”