Aboriginal Art Coming to a Cotton Near You
Featured Aboriginal Artists Designs
WOMEN SEARCHING BY BRENDA DIXON
Brenda Dixon is a well known artist in Alice Springs and is the younger sister of the very famous Aboriginal artist, Clifford Possum. In this piece, she depicts the bush foods around the waterholes and nearby areas that Aboriginal women go in search of. The concentric circles in the middle represent a waterhole and the U-shaped motif represents a woman. Next to that are digging sticks and colamon to store and carry the bush food.
YALKE BY JUNE SMITH
Spectacular views and various creatures such can be observed in the Yalke or Wetlands of Australia both in the dry or wet seasons. These are illustrated by June Smith in her new painting, “Yalke”. During the dry season vast water masses revert back to wetlands and waterholes; becoming refuge for waterfowls and many other migratory birds of Australia.
June Smith is known for very neat and well defined composition. She spends most of her time with Karangka Arts which is a well established contemporary Aboriginal artists group in Santa Teressa, Northern Territory.
WATER DREAMING BY POLLY WHEELER
When it rains heavily, vast areas of land are flooded and in some places rivers are joined with each other to form enormous masses of water, known as a “super river”. This event is represented dramatically in Polly Wheeler’s painting.
Polly is a well known artist from Yeudumu, south of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Most of her art works are purchased for private collections.
Australian Aboriginal designs arise from a heritage that goes back 5000 years. Much of Aboriginal history exists in the form of The Dreaming Stories which are central to their culture. Aboriginal art developed from the use of “Dreaming Story” symbols to tell their stories. A single design element may have several interpretation levels depending on the age and level of expertise of the person using it. Symbols include concentric circles, curved lines and straight lines. Concentric circles usually represent Campsites, waterholes or other places of significance. Curved lines generally represent rain or water traveling underground. Straight lines may be indicative of traveling, and when these lines join concentric circles, it may show the pathway traveled by the ancestors. A small ‘U’ shaped figure may represent a person. Human or animal tracks are often shown as they appear on the ground. Today the abstract dot-and-circle designs, based on traditional Dreaming Stories, have become a trademark of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement.
M & S Textiles Australia is delighted to bring original Aboriginal art printed on fine cotton to North American fabric retailers. The Aboriginal designers are from Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and other areas. Protecting the artists’ work is top priority at M&S Textiles Australia. Each design is licensed to ensure this and each artist is paid a fair rate.