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Dreamtime: Nambooka is a well-known designer in the quilting world. Her designs are clear, colourful and very attractive. In this design, Nambooka depicted the happenings around a waterhole on a summer day.

On a summer day, people wander around the bush to collect bush food and drink water from the waterholes. The semi-circles or ‘U’s are the people and their footsteps can be seen on the tracks. They use digging sticks to dig and gather food from the ground. Because of the hot day, animals like goannas, rainbow snakes, tortoises and frogs can also be seen going to the waterhole for water. Some long gum leaves (eucalyptus leaves) and fruit had fallen to the ground.

Dreamtime: Brolga is the name of an amazing dancing bird, which belongs to the crane family. The Brolga’s elaborate dancing performances are partly for their own pleasure and partly a mating ritual. Female brolgas are easily distinguished from their male counterparts by their trumpeting sound while dancing. Aboriginal people have immortalised their graceful steps through dancing. There are numerous Aboriginal legends around this amazing bird.

Brolga was a beautiful girl and was obsessed with dancing. Once a romantic named Shaman, wanted her to be his wife. But brolga refused his proposal straight away. She loved dancing alone -nothing else! Sharman tried to marry Brolga in various ways, but never succeeded. Eventually Sharman convinced the supreme spirit to turn Brolga into smaller shape. Due to this intervention, Brolga became a bird. But, she became an excellent, tireless and elegant dancer, dancing with full devotion, spreading her dance; radiating joy and spontaneity. Her faultless creative expressions have inspired others to learn unique dance ever since.

Nambooka is a well-known designer in the quilting world. Her designs are clear, colourful and very attractive.

Bush Berry Ecru

Composition: 100% Cotton

Fabric Width: 110 cm

Dreamtime:

Marlene is a very soft speaker. Her artworks are widely sold. Alice spring is a semi-desert area. However, wild bush berries grow heavily after the rain. Flowers blossom almost everywhere. Marlene could not go past without depicting beautiful wild bush berry’s after the rain. It is a beautiful piece of work. Marlene is a well-known Aboriginal artist in NT.

Green and Brown berry’s grow in water-soaked mud street sides etc are shown in this masterpiece. In winter, rainfall is heavy and bush berries grow in almost every area.

Dreamtime:

Tanya Price was born in 1972, in Alron, north of Alice Springs, NT. She now lives in Utopia.Tanya speaks both Anmatyerre and Alyawarra Aboriginal languages. She learnt painting from her parents and grandparents. Her Dreaming is Bush Tucker. Tanya uses fine dotting techniques as the background of her artworks. Her designs are precise, vibrant and attractive.

In Bush Food Dreaming, she presents a number of motifs in a clear and neat manner. She depicts a fan fair of foods like Oranges, Bush Plums, Bush Berries, Lemons etc. It is a corroboree where people are happily eating, dancing and discussing various social matters, enjoying their presence.

Bush Plum Ecru

Dreamtime: The Bush Plum is a vital food source for the Aboriginal people and is frequently featured in the Women’s dreaming stories. The fruits are harvested by shaking the trees until they fall to the ground but the fruits, although already quite sweet, need to be soaked in water to soften and plump them for eating.The Bush Plum tree flowers in Spring.

M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal
designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks.
Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

CAMING GROUND ECRU

Composition: 100% Cotton

Fabric Width: 110 cm

Dreamtime:

Charlie produced an excellent piece of artwork – Caming Ground. In the artwork, he depicted that people from various places gathered in the ground to attend the corroboree. In this design, he represented the middle large tent as the main function area. people are joining the corroboree from various places. There are smaller or medium tents so that they can take rests if needed. However, the main meeting place is a large tent. All the important discussions and other activities would take place under a large tent. Elders are also in this tent. They normally talk to the attendee about how to maintain the social order, various problems of society, etc. People will listen to the elders very quietly. They discuss all sorts of community problems without any fear.

The U shaped motives in this artwork around the boundaries of the tent refer to men, women, and children. They are taking rests or quietly walking. Dotted lines are the paths for people’s movement. Larger dots represent bush food and waterholes.

Emu Dreaming-Ecru-EDRE

Dreamtime: Emu is visible almost everywhere in Australia. It is the biggest bird in Australia. Except rainforest Emu is visible all over Australia. They have shaggy grey-brown feathers, long necks and long leg. Emu is biggest flightless bird bears the honour on “AUSTRALIAN COAT OF ARMS” Emu is the sole member of the family Dromaiid of the order casuarinas. The bird in 1.5-meter-tall and weigh more than 45kg. emus make far-carrying, booming and drumming calls. These fast-running birds live in small mobs and eat green plants, seeds and insects. A male emu incubates from 5 to 15 dark green eggs in a scape on the ground for 55 days. Barbara Egan a well know Aboriginal artist, is from Victoria, Australia. His designs are boldly colourful and attractive. He depicted the emu and its surrounding vividly. Barbara Egan has done an excellent for M&S Textiles Australia.

FALLEN SEEDS ECRU

Dreamtime:

Gracie Morton is a popular name in the Patchwork and Quilting world. Her present works, The Fallen Seeds, will be another thriving success. In Utopia, there are many different bush fruits, trees. The nuts of these fruits are lying under the trees and nearby places. Gracie is an experienced artist with great imagination and portrait; the seeds have fallen in circular patterns on the ground. It is an excellent piece of artwork by Gracie Morton. She has bold and vibrant imagination with her brush, colour and canvas.

KINGFISHER CAMP

Dreamtime:

Kingfisher bird is the laughing Kookaburra of Australia, which lives in dry and fishless scrubland. It is sometimes called as “laughing jackass” because of its loud raucous cackle.

The Australian Kookaburra is the largest member in the family. The bird is known for its wild laughing call and the noisy inhabitant of outback, open forest and the woodland. Kookaburra is not a fish eater, it usually prefers to eat large insects, nestling birds, rodents etc. Young chicks of kookaburras stay with their parents for several years, before setting out to breed themselves.

According to Nambooka, the kingfisher teaches us about alertness and opportunity. We must first look and then decide if it is the right choices for us to benefit our lives. Nambooka’s design work is bold, colourful and attractive.

MEETING PLACES ECRU

Dreamtime:

Meeting places are very important in Aboriginal culture. Elders and other meet together to discuss the well being of the community. All these gatherings address one or the other interactive insights into the traditional skills, ancient stories and day to day life of the Aboriginal people. The heads of the community will add their cultural experiences by sharing their mesmerized stories of ancient ancestors which are represented through their drawings. These gatherings provide an opportunity to come together to celebrate and consolidate their traditional cultural practices and identity.
Josie Cavanagh is a very good artist. She has depicted the meeting colorfully. Various circles in the artwork represents the waterholes and the people sitting around the circle to discuss their community matters.

KINGFISHER CAMP

Dreamtime:

Kingfisher bird is the laughing Kookaburra of Australia, which lives in dry and fishless scrubland. It is sometimes called as “laughing jackass” because of its loud raucous cackle.

The Australian Kookaburra is the largest member in the family. The bird is known for its wild laughing call and the noisy inhabitant of outback, open forest and the woodland. Kookaburra is not a fish eater, it usually prefers to eat large insects, nestling birds, rodents etc. Young chicks of kookaburras stay with their parents for several years, before setting out to breed themselves.

According to Nambooka, the kingfisher teaches us about alertness and opportunity. We must first look and then decide if it is the right choices for us to benefit our lives. Nambooka’s design work is bold, colourful and attractive.

SPIRIT PLACE ECRU

Dreamtime:

Bernadene Wallace is a well-known Aboriginal designer. She worked in Karingka Art Gallery for a period. She is the daughter of Kathy Wallace. Kathy is an excellent artist. Bernadine learnt artwork and dreaming from her mother and grandmother.

Bernadene depicted the corroboree ground. In all the tribal gatherings, many people gather around to celebrate corroboree. Her artworks beautifully depict men, women and children attending the corroboree. They often discuss religion, friendships and other social matters. All the attendees are destined to maintain pious dignity of corroboree. Nobody is allowed to break the social law.

There are plenty of bush foods for everybody. Lot of social and communal discussions take place in corroboree. The circles in dots depict that people are deeply involved in discussions setting around the waterholes. The over-shape semicircles are indicating pathways to travel. Small circles in middle depict fruit trees.

Dreamtime:

Aboriginal Art is one of the more ancient traditional arts in the world, going back approximately 50,000 years. In early days, Aboriginal artists, depicted their dreaming of mountains, rivers, waterholes, trees, animals etc. on the caves, rocks with stone-age rock chisels. They also used cave painting and sand or ground painting to express their dreaming. Later, the newer generations use acrylic paints on canvas to portray their Dreamtime.
A variety of colours are used in their art symbolizing various artefacts, designs and motifs such as totems featuring Kangaroos, Dingoes, Turtles etc. A few groups use dots to portray their dreaming while a few others use lines in doing so. These artworks are often referred to Dot Painting for the same reason. Artefacts such as Boomerangs, Didgeridoos are also depicted in their rock-art.
Andrew Braedon comes from Utopia region of Central Australia. He belongs to the Luritja tribe and speaks Western Desert Language. His dreaming’s mainly involve Rock Art, Goanna Dreaming, Men Protecting Waterhole etc.

SPIRIT PLACE ECRU

Dreamtime:

Bernadene Wallace is a well-known Aboriginal designer. She worked in Karingka Art Gallery for a period. She is the daughter of Kathy Wallace. Kathy is an excellent artist. Bernadine learnt artwork and dreaming from her mother and grandmother.

Bernadene depicted the corroboree ground. In all the tribal gatherings, many people gather around to celebrate corroboree. Her artworks beautifully depict men, women and children attending the corroboree. They often discuss religion, friendships and other social matters. All the attendees are destined to maintain pious dignity of corroboree. Nobody is allowed to break the social law.

There are plenty of bush foods for everybody. Lot of social and communal discussions take place in corroboree. The circles in dots depict that people are deeply involved in discussions setting around the waterholes. The over-shape semicircles are indicating pathways to travel. Small circles in middle depict fruit trees.

YUENDUMU BUSH TOMATO ECRU

Dreamtime:

Bush Tomato or wild tomato plant is usually waxy looking. It grows in the creek area in Northern Territory. The ripe fruits have a strong fragrance which may be smelled from long distances. A single plant produces many fruits. These fruits are tasty. Bush Tomato is rich in sources of potassium and vitamin C. There are more than 100 varieties of bush tomatoes, but only a handful numbers are edible. Some may be poisonous or may cause sickness. Harvesters normally collect sundried fruits of the small bushes in the late summer and early winter. Audrey Napanangka?s artwork is vivid and strong. Design shows women(u) are sitting around waterhole with already picked up fruits on the coolaman (Special wooden toy) and digging sticks.

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