'Bowaring' 'Bloom of Trees' - Eastern Legal Community Service, ROSE Brochure for Elder Abuse 2020
Eastern Legal Community Centre
Eastern Legal Community Centre

Eastern Legal Community Centre

'Bowaring' 'Bloom of Trees' - ROSE Brochure for Elder Abuse 2020.


The older person wears a traditional healing cloak made of possum skin that is painted with sacred ochre. The healing cloak signifies healing of past or present trauma and a connection to culture. Elders are our knowledge holders and teachers; they hold great respect within the community and are at the centre of every family.

The large lower red ochre circles represent community and the Senior’s inner/middle and outer circle of community and family relationships. The outer U’s represent the older person’s family members, their descendants. The Elder stands in the centre of the gathering place facing the sun, the giver of life. The sun represents the older person’s rights to a positive ageing experience. The outer connecting circles arcing the sun signify the person’s life journey and the significant contributions made throughout their time.

The person holds strong evergreen branches of gum leaves. The gum leaves represent autonomy, the right to self-govern. The branches are taken from the gum trees at either side, the gumtrees are the most mature long-standing trees amongst younger trees. Shields are carved from those trees which represent strength and resilience – evergreen, always in bloom.

Simone Thomson

 * Story and intellectual property remain the property of the artist



Simone is a thoughtful artist, who produced a piece that is both 'on brief' and from the heart. Her artwork is not only thought-provoking, textural and beautiful, it is a connection to elders, community and country. 

Shahaan Murray, Managing Lawyer - Elder Abuse, Eastern Community Legal Centre

Want to know more about our prints?

Our paper Fine Art Prints are meticulously printed to order through Upstream Colour in Northcote, Melbourne. Your print will arrive in acid-free sleeves safeguarded in protective tubes or envelopes.

Please allow ten to fourteen business days from the time of ordering to receiving your print within Australia. Please allow four weeks for international postage. You will receive an email and tracking number when your print has been despatched. 

Need care and delivery info on our original pieces?

Our original pieces are part of our spirit. They are are created with pieces of ourselves and our sacred cultural knowledge. We take the transporting of such special creations very seriously, therefore all originals are firstly wrapped in layers of foam wrapping before several layers of bubble wrap. The pieces are then fitted into customised cardboard boxes and labelled with fragile stickers. They are then placed into the hands of the experts and transported to their new home. 

Got a question about returns or refunds?

We take quality control very seriously and ensure all products are in the best condition before sending off to their new home. We therefore ask that you choose carefully before checkout as we do not issue return items or refunds. 

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I conduct workshops and cultural presentations within metro Melbourne. If you are interested in having me speak or present outside of Melbourne give me an email, I'm happy to discuss. 

Workshops can run anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, prices are according.