Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium Sturtianum) is the floral emblem of Northern Territory of Australia. It is perennial shrub, has a life cycle of 10 years. It is highly tolerant to draught and occurs naturally in sandy or gravelly soils along dry creek beds water courses, gorges or rocky slopes. It has been successfully grown in a soil mixture containing gravel with a trace amount of clay. Flowering time peaks around late winter. The rose is very tolerant in times of draught and grows well in areas with low rain fall. Beautifully drawn pictures of desert rose make it very real to the heart. Quilters of all ages professional or starter will be proud to this fabric for their quilts.
Dreamtime: Bradly is an experienced and hardworking Aboriginal designer. His works are clear and attractive. In this design, Bradley skilfully put together various designs in one canvas. Each motive is different and colourful. Bradley dreamt various dreaming in one like Bush Food, Witchetty Grub, Kangaroo Path, Bush Dreaming, Long Neck Turtles and Honey Ant Dreaming. In Bush food it shows the plants which grow in both summer and winter seasons, in Witchetty Grub Dreaming explains the Witchetty Grub habitats around the waterhole, kangaroo path Dreaming puts the thought of Kangaroo jumping around the bush. In bush dreaming it show the plantation around the waterhole and how people are depended on Vegetation. In turtle dreaming it shows the path of Long Neck Sea Turtles and Honey Ant Dreaming gives the idea of how they collect honey from the flowers in the bush. Bradley’s excellent designs add enormously to enhance their age-old culture of Aboriginal Dreaming.
Christine is a well-established Aboriginal Artist. M&S Textiles Australia printed some of her works in the past. ‘Women Collecting Water’ is one of her best artworks. Her depiction of waterholes, women sitting with digging sticks, bush foods, flowers, etc. are detailed and decorative.
Water is very precious in Northern Territory. Aboriginal people know how to get water from underground. Also they watch wild bird’s movements in some areas to locate the availability of water nearby. However, Alice Spring can experience heavy rainfall in summer months. Just after the rain you can witness abundant of beautiful flower blossom almost everywhere in various colours. The beautiful array of colours is a memorable experience. Christine depicted the natural scenic view very well with women sitting on the ground with digging sticks seeking water all around.
Composition: 100% Cotton
Fabric Width: 110 cm
Cindy Wallace is a very good aboriginal artist, who has been dreaming of new and attractive artworks. Many aboriginal galleries and private collectors have always been seeking her good works. Her color choice designs, and skill of drawing, is excellent and attractive. Her dreaming Women’s Body Painting with the vibrant color choice made her artwork memorable. Her drawings are both neat and attractive.
Body Painting relates to ancient ancestral ceremonies/gatherings. It is considered a tradition in relation to ancestral spirits. Women paint with various paints and perform ritual offerings to their ancestors. These rituals have strict rules, and the paint must be of their community resembling their ancestors. They are only allowed to paint certain respected traditional patterns. After the paint, the women are considered as the spirit of their ancestors.