HAPPY TALK KALIBOBO BILLUM

In 2014 the Kalibobo bilum commissioned for Happy Talk was exhibited in Plumes and Pearlshells at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

In 2016 the Kalibobo bilum was exhibited at GoMA in the No. 1 Neighbour exhibition.

Florence Kamel & the Goroka weavers

Florence Kamel is an internationally respected Bilum artist based in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, and the Principal Designer of Jaukae Bilum Products. Commissioned by Happy Talk in 2011, Florence and 10 local weavers created the largest bilum the group had ever made.

 The Kalibobo bilum in 'No. 1 Neighbour' GoMA exhibition publication: Strong Women.

The Kalibobo bilum in 'No. 1 Neighbour' GoMA exhibition publication: Strong Women.

 The Kalibobo bilum exhibited in Plumes and Pearshells at the Art Gallery of NSW 2014

The Kalibobo bilum exhibited in Plumes and Pearshells at the Art Gallery of NSW 2014

 The Kalibobo bilum in progress. Goroka, New Guinea 2011.

The Kalibobo bilum in progress. Goroka, New Guinea 2011.

 Florence Kamel in the Kalibobo dress,  Happy Talk  publication 2011.

Florence Kamel in the Kalibobo dress, Happy Talk publication 2011.

 Florence Kamel at Maketi Ples 2011 with the bilum dress that inspired the Happy Talk commission

Florence Kamel at Maketi Ples 2011 with the bilum dress that inspired the Happy Talk commission

 Kalibobo bilum in sunset colours acquired by GoMA 2011.

Kalibobo bilum in sunset colours acquired by GoMA 2011.

Essay by Ruth Choulai on contemporary bilum in GoMA exhibition publication No. 1 Neighbour 2016.