· BA Arts
· HDR Anthropology
· Phd Candidate Anthropology
Art is my passion and is a universal living language that crosses boundaries and has the ability to be transformative. As an artist I aim to educate people to the richness and diversity of Australian Aboriginal societies and to help break down barriers, develop mutual respect and understanding and promote acceptance of contemporary Aboriginal Australians who identify as Aboriginal in which ever way they choose.
I am a sessional academic with Curtin University, Western Australia. I teach Culture to Cultures and Australian Aboriginal Art. My career path has led me into Indigenous consultancy where I work in partnership with Noongar Elders Farley Garlett and Vivienne Hansen.
Farley and I are the Aboriginal Development Managers for the Subiaco East Development Project, Development WA. We work closely together to embed Noongar culture into the projects that we participate in.
Aunty Viv and I are working on revegetation and planting of native plants for the development projects that we work on.
I also love learning, therefore continue my formal education as I undergo a doctorate in Anthropology. My education, lived experience as a Noongar woman and desire to make change have exceeded my expectations.
It is with humbleness that I lead a team of strong like minded Aboriginal men and women who have guided me, helped me and supported the direction that Karda Designs is currently on.
I feel blessed and grateful to be living the life that I do.
I am a Whadjuk Ballardong Noongar Elder. I have extensive experience in governance, education and the mining industry. My professional experience has taken me on a journey of discovery, learning and knowledge that I am able to interweave with my cultural knowledge and lived experience.
I have extensive relationships and networks with Aboriginal people and communities throughout Australia, however my passion lay in Noongar culture, people and heritage.
I work closely with SWALSC (South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council) and am a board member with Noongar Outreach and Noongar Mia Mia. I am a committee member of the Noongar Elders Group for the city of Perth and belong to the Ballardong Elders group.
Currently I am the Aboriginal Development Manager for Development WA, Subiaco East Project, a position I share with Barb. Together we are working towards embedding Noongar culture into development projects within Development WA. This position has led us to work in heritage, participating in monitoring projects where ground disturbance is taking place.
Karda is proactive in ensuring that Noongar people have a voice at the beginning of projects enabling us to influence the design process to be inclusive of Noongar culture and heritage throughout the entire process for project development.
Consultant Archaeologist/Occasional Academic
BA (Archaeology & Ancient History)
BA (First Class Honours in Archaeology)
PhD Candidate in Archaeology
I was born in Scotland, and my parents brought us to Australia when I was 8, where we grew up in Perth and Katanning, and I lived in Broome and Canberra at different times as an adult. I come from a strongly cultural background on both sides, with my father’s heritage Celtic from Scotland and Ireland and my mother’s Jewish from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and the Ukraine.
I am passionate about everything archaeological. I love every aspect of it, from the research and logistics, to the excavation and surveying, and the post field sorting and reporting. Archaeology is so special because it connects people in a tangible way with their past, their ancestors, and it keeps us as modern humans connected with one another.
I especially love archaeology because it reveals aspects of everyday life that we might not otherwise know; things that others might never have thought important enough to write about but which tell us what people were doing and where. Maybe I am nosy, but I love knowing the nitty gritty of people’s lives … if they were eating shell fish, or kangaroo, if they were getting ochres nearby or transporting them from hundreds of kilometres away, if they were painting on rocks for fun or ritual, if they lived at a place or were just visiting, and so much more …. and archaeology lets us tell those day to day stories. This is especially important in Australia because much of our history is oral, passed through Elders, and sometimes the remains of the ancestors (paintings and engravings) on the rocks, and archaeology provides the more demonstrable physical links with that past.
Working with Aboriginal Australians is key to understanding what archaeology means in Australia, and in I have been able to follow my passion working in partnership with many Aboriginal groups in Western Australia, and I am never happier than sitting in the dirt helping them dig up their own past and sharing the stories of country.
I love to share my knowledge and understanding of archaeology through education, and I have worked with UWA on an occasional basis to lecture, tutor and teach on field schools over a number of years.
Barbara and I thought we would work together soon after we met many years ago, but resolved to finish our PhDs before we commenced. Luckily life and opportunities have intervened and I am now delighted to be working and laughing and learning with Barbara and the Karda team, while I finalise my PhD on Rock Art and Identity in Bunuba and Gooniyandi country.
Executive Assistant/Graphic Design/Artist
I am a Ballardong Whadjuk women, I run a business with my partner Matt, we are the owners of Elandrial Games in Albany WA, I am also a practicing artist who specialises in acrylic painting, digital art and design under the name Kara Art & Design and I am currently the Executive Assistant/Graphic designer and one of the artists for Karda Designs.
My skills include visual arts, fashion design, drafting, social media point of contact and advertising, and organisation of groups and events. I am proficient in community engagement and have an exceptional ability to organize people. I am capable of effectively manage staff as well as working with the broader community.
I've been creating art since I could hold a pencil, my mother, Barbara Bynder, taught me a lot herself as well as encouraged me to attend art classes and after school art groups as a child. I will always have something new to learn about art and look forward to it.
Art brings me joy, peace and serenity although in my past I have found it difficult to listen to my teachers because once I grasp the concept of how they want the art to come to life I take that knowledge and rearrange it to suit my needs and my styles. I was the kid that did everything the art teacher said never to do.
For me art is therapy and so creating it in my own way is important, the feel of the paint, the strokes of the brush or perhaps the hand. Every aspect of the creation process gives me something I need from starting with the background colours to revealing the final form. The entire process is healing and releasing. Every piece I create is a portrait of my inner self, be it dark or light, all of it reflects who I am at that moment.
Environmental Field Technician
Painter/Building and Construction
I am a Ballardong, Whadjuk Noongar and the son of Barbara Bynder. I currently work as the Environmental Officer for WSP Australia. My work takes me into remote areas, bushland and private landscapes that require me to work autonomously whilst following a specific set of guidelines to meet the requirements of my profession. My work with WSP has developed within me a strong work ethic that allows me to perform my duties in the most efficient time possible whilst maintaining the professional standards of the industry.
In my spare time, I work for Karda Designs painting the designs that Barbara creates onto public spaces. Our most recent work took place at the Hutton Street Underpass, Osborne Park, Western Australia. Karda was contracted by BMD Constructions to develop, create and produce the design.
I am able to work unsupervised and maintain a work ethic that produces quality results.
I am somewhat of a perfectionist therefore my work is guaranteed to satisfy our client needs.
I am a Ballardong Whadjuk Noongar woman following my father's maternal lineage and the niece of Barbara Bynder.
I am a book keeper and have exceptional organisational skills. I currently work with Karda Designs keeping the bookwork up to date as well as help Barb remain on task.
I am new to the world of Indigenous consultancy and am keen to learn as much as possible. As part of my professional development I will learn more about my culture through my involvement with the Elders that Karda currently works with as well as participating in project development.
I am a skilled horse worker and have been riding race horses most of my life. My father, Rod Bynder, a racing trainer instilled in me at a very young age, a strong work ethic that I maintain today.
Research/Project Support Assistant/Artist
I am a creative Whadjuk - Ballardong Noongar woman and mother based in the South West region of WA. I have had a life-long aspiration to connect with culture, and share and educate my own children and the community, with the hope of encouraging and embracing integration of our modern world with the wisdoms of our ancestors.
I have experience across a variety of research and educational industries, and becoming a part of Karda Designs and Yok Moort as a research and program support assistant has allowed me to connect with family and culture by learning from my Aunty Barb as well as fulfilling my aspiration of learning, sharing, conserving and integrating Noongar culture into our modern lives.
I am a practicing artist, specialising in oil, acrylic and water colour, and more recently exploring digital art and design. My art business 'Studio Boodja' is a creative space channelling my indigenous intuitions and the Wadandi Noongar country I have grown up on with my contemporary style of art and expression.
An interest in personal development and healing through realising my own strength and challenging my limitations has led me to teach aerial fitness, predominately aerial yoga - serving the community, and in particular women, helping them strive for personal goals and empower themselves through strength and courage.
The undertaking of historical research, recording stories of indigenous peoples past and present, and connecting and representing aboriginal life and culture I feel is a very important and wonderful job that not only brings learning and healing to myself but hopefully the wider community and our children; and a blended modern world that represents the land we all walk on and highlights where we can all go as modern community.