Squiddy Tales

Francoise Lane is a Torres Strait Islander woman whose maternal family are from Kerriri and are descendants of the Meriam and Kaurareg people of the Torres Strait Islands. Francoise is an interior designer, textile designer and artist describing her work as straddling the intersection between design and art including exhibition curation and leading creative art projects. Her work is inspired by family, connection to country and the plants and animals of Tropical Queensland.

Story inspiring Squiddy Tales:

Squids…a beautiful translucent and graceful creature with…ahh black ink and memories of it all over my face! One wet season night on Engineers Wharf on Thursday Island (Torres Strait Islands) I celebrated as my husband hooked his first squid. Being a mainland Islander I had yet to experience the spraying of the ink. I was oblivious to the youngsters and my husband stepping away from the bucket as I leaned over to view squid. I was baptized by squid ink that night to the delight of the young ones also fishing during the midnight hours. On another occasion whilst snorkelling on the reef I was studied by a school of some 12 squid. Initially they were hard to spot being translucent creatures. They were observing me like a larger less graceful squiddy thing worth calling in the family to look at. All the while I was thinking of how much my family would love to eat these swimming calamaries!  Francoise Lane

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