This mat was created by Indigenous designer Michael Gilsenan and it’s called “Circle Time”.
The inner circles represent the story/learning with the each circle being the different levels of understanding, while the wavy pattern represents the journey of learning. The pattern has been centred around the inner circles to demonstrate the Journey. The larger dots are the mentors/teachers/elders that guide and impart the knowledge; and the smaller dots are this being those being taught. The star highlights the importance of knowledge and self empowerment. The solid circle links all these components together, while the outside broken line shows that knowledge and can be adapted and moulded to maintain its relevance to current trends and needs within community.
This large mat measures a huge 3mx3m and has 30 circles around the design.