Sugarbag Bee Linen Cushion Cover

By Delvene Cockatoo-Collins


Jalaman or the Sugarbag Bee is a native bee found on North Stradbroke Island. Delvene’s Mum speaks of her grandfather taking his grandchildren our for walks to gather the honey.

Often they would collect the honey from the trees. Some of the local trees that the Jalaman seek for pollen are from the leptospermum & the Melaleuca Quinquenervia - Paperbark trees. These are found in or near the freshwater swampy areas of the island.

This is handprinted on linen in studio on Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

Size: 50 x 50cm

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a First Nations artist and designer, who lives and works on Quandamooka country.

Delvene’s work is far more than just marks on a page. It embodies a rich connection to country, capturing the Quandamooka soul. Her pieces share the stories, culture, heritage and techniques of thousands of years, passed down from generation to generation by her mother Evelyn and her grandmother Bethel.


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