Happy Talk Bilum x Art Gallery of NSW

The Happy Talk Bilum commissioned by Happy Talk for Art & About Sydney in 2011 has been selected for Plumes and pearlshells, art of the New Guinea highlands that opens at the AGNSW in May this year.


Happy Talk House

Happy Talk was held in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park from September 23 – October 23, 2011,  as part of Art & About Sydney. Inspired by resourcefulness, local materials and knowledge, and our Pacific neighbours, the project included talks, workshops, artwork commissions and performances over the four week period. The house was open five days a week […]


Sydney Architecture Festival

Inspired by the inventive building skills of Pacific Island communities, the Happy House building workshop was part of the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival, engaging children in resourceful ways to build.


Happy Talk press

Happy Talk in the media.


Closing party


Launch night


Thank you

Happy Talk would like to thank the following people and organisations for their generosity and support in making the Happy Talk House for Art & About Sydney 2011.


Building the house




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Tivaivai workshop

The Tivaivai workshop lead by Mereana Taruia shared the Pacific Island tradition within the contemporary context of the Happy Talk House.


Happy Talk Talks

During Art & About Sydney, Happy Talk invited creative members of the Pacific Islands community to share their inspiring stories.


Happy Talk @ The Paper Mill

Happy Talk and The Paper Mill created an interactive, engaging, vibrant atmosphere with inspiring workshops and talks every day from 5 to 8 October, 2011.


Lei Day workshops

Across Pacific Island communities lei giving is a gesture of welcoming. The Lei Day lunchtime workshops are designed to bring people together during the creative process of making.


Bicycle workshops

Happy Talk Bicycle workshops during Art & About Sydney included colourful basket making and accessories made from local and found materials.


Saskia Howard, Sydney Cycle Chic

Saskia Howard is a passionate blogger, photographer, sustainable design lover and agitator for social change. Her blog, Sydney Cycle Chic, is part of a growing global blog movement committed to a new style of bicycle advocacy by showing positive, everyday imagery of people on bikes.


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, Florence and 10 local weavers created the largest Bilum the group had ever made.


Tracey Deep

Happy Talk worked with Tracey Deep on the Lei Day workshop held at the Happy Talk House during Art & About Sydney.


Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann Talia Pau is a weaver, artist and designer. Born in Apia, Samoa, and now living in Melbourne, her work begins with Mana Couture body adornment, a collection of Pacific couture and art using materials and craft techniques from Samoa and across the Pacific.


Sione Falemaka

A triple citizen of Polynesian descent, artist Sionemaletau was born in Niue and now lives, studies and works in Sydney. He produces work based on traditional weavings learnt from his grandmother and passed down the generations.


Happy Talk

Launched by Heidi Dokulil and Liane Rossler in 2011, Happy Talk is an initiative that brings people and ideas together through design projects, exhibitions, workshops, talks and publishing. Some of our projects start collaborations between diverse cultures and across generations, others are about rediscovering traditions and developing new skills and resourceful ways to make everyday things. […]