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M&S Textiles - SWSBR Sacred Women's Song - Brown by Faye Oliver



 

Faye Oliver is an experienced and well established artist. She worked at Keringke Art Centre for about six years, as an assistant art co-ordinator. Through her works, she tries to bring harmony in the community. We can see an expression of modesty in her works. She believes in trust and peace in the community.

In Dreamtime, there weren’t many people or living beings such as animals, birds etc. Every being used to understand each other’s language and they didn’t know of death. However, one day, a little bird fell from a tree and broke its neck, paralysing its body. The elderly knowledgeable birds and animals announced that the spirits have taken the bird from the world to get a new bird. Although everybody accepted this idea, they wanted to confirm this by watching the bird. The caterpillars volunteered to do so. The elderly ordered the caterpillars to watch the bird from clouds in the sky throughout the winter. One fine early day of the spring, the caterpillars transformed into butterflies and returned to the camp with beautiful bodies. Since then, the caterpillars spend the winters in cocoons to transform into butterflies, a wonderful gift of nature. In this design, Faye depicted the spirits watching over the Dreamtime creatures from the sky. She also depicted the bush and camp with beautiful and vibrant winter colours.

 

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M&S Textiles - RADB Rock Art Dreaming - Black by Andrew Braedon



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.

 

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M&S Textiles - BFDB Bush Food Dreaming - Black by Tanya Price



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.

 

 

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M&S Textiles - WDFBL - Wild Desert Flowers Blue by Vanessa Inkamala



 

Central Australia is known for its harsh landscape, but during years of good rain the desert can erupt in a display of color stretching for miles. There is nothing like landscape full of flowers and the view that you get in Central Australia is huge and spectacular with the blossoms of these wild desert flowers. Each year the Alice Springs desert parks act as the mirror of these wild desert flowers and also help in planting a wide range of native and new seeds gathered from the blossom of the desert flowers left outs. These flowers will be found during the winter months of the year and giving a spectacular vision for the travelers during the tourist season. But, catching a true wildflower event in the bush can be a difficult thing. The plants rely on good rain at the right time. Generally these wildflowers are found in the month of May during the autumn season in Alice Springs.

 

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M&S Textiles - SRFB Summertime Rainforest - Black by Heather Kennedy



 

 

 

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M&S Textiles - WGBTBR Women Gathering Bush Tucker - Brown by Bernadine Johnson



 

Bernadine Johnson is well known and experienced Aboriginal artist. She comes from Utopia which is a birthplace for many famous Aboriginal Artists. She now lives with her husband Stephen Pitjara, who is also an established artist, and two children in South Australia. Bernadine’s Language group is Arrernte and her dreaming is Bush Tucker.

The motifs in her works are neat, clear and colourful; and the minute details are wonderful. She depicts semi-circles representing women and concentric circles representing waterholes in this design. The women, after collecting various fruits for their food (tucker), sit around the waterholes with coolamon in front of them and digging stick by their side.

 

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M&S Textiles - BDDB Butterfly Dance Dreaming - Black by Joey Waitairie



 

Aboriginal people explains the spirituality of life in the from the stories of Dreaming. They explain the stories of creation, spiritual & physical aspects of life. In many cultures, Butterflies, represent the cycle of life (i.e. birth, death and transformation).

Joey Waitairie, a well-known artist from the grounds of Victoria, is a good musician and dancer. According to him, a Butterfly comes out of its caterpillar shell to find the meaning of life and death. Aboriginal men and boys initiate the butterflies with shake-a-leg dance during their tribal gatherings and perform butterfly dance.

 

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M&S Textiles - FDO Fire Dreaming - Olive by Janet Nakamarra



 

The Fire Dreaming ceremony is one of the six seasonal cycles of the Traditional Aboriginal Calendar. This ceremony depicts an element of the Tingari Cycle. The “Fire Dreaming” ceremony takes place the night before the controlled fires are lit in the bush and carries on throughout the night to provide the right relationship between the people and the land on which they depend.

 

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M&S Textiles - BTGO Bush Tomato - Gold by Audrey Martin Napanangka



 

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 shoes women(u) are sitting around waterhole with already picked up fruits on the coolaman (Special wooden toy) and digging sticks.

 

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M&S Textiles - WODRR Women Dancing for Rain - Red by Shirleen Campbell



 

Northern Territory of Australia is semi desert region. Average temperature in summer ranges from 20 degrees to 35 degrees and can soar to around 40 degrees. January is the wet month with around 40mm of rainfall, however climate is considered dry and arid for most of the year.

In Northern territory, Aboriginal people organises Rain Dance in various places during his period. Shirleen Campbell being a skilful designer, incorporates rain dance to her artworks. Women dance and sing for rain in the gathering. They enjoy it vividly. Shirleen depicted concentric circles as waterholes. The big U-shaped object represent men, stick represents music stick and the musical drums. During the dance women are going around and dance for rain and other people socialize with each other.

 

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M&S Textiles - BTR Bush Tomato - Red by Audrey Martin Napanangka




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 shoes women(u) are sitting around waterhole with already picked up fruits on the coolaman (Special wooden toy) and digging sticks.

 

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M&S Textiles - WDFR Wild Desert Flowers - Red by Vanessa Inkamala




Central Australia is known for its harsh landscape, but during years of good rain the desert can erupt in a display of color stretching for miles. There is nothing like landscape full of flowers and the view that you get in Central Australia is huge and spectacular with the blossoms of these wild desert flowers. Each year the Alice Springs desert parks act as the mirror of these wild desert flowers and also help in planting a wide range of native and new seeds gathered from the blossom of the desert flowers left outs. These flowers will be found during the winter months of the year and giving a spectacular vision for the travelers during the tourist season. But, catching a true wildflower event in the bush can be a difficult thing. The plants rely on good rain at the right time. Generally these wildflowers are found in the month of May during the autumn season in Alice Springs.

 

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M&S Textiles - KADO Kangaroo in Desert Rain - Orange by Angelo Burgoyne Judda



 

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M&S Textiles - KADGR Kangaroo in Desert Rain - Grey by Angelo Burgoyne Judda



 

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M&S Textiles - KADR Kangaroo in Desert Rain - Red by Angelo Burgoyne Judda



 

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M&S Textiles - WGBR Witchety Grub - Brown by Napanangka



 

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M&S Textiles - STEE Stella - Ecru by Cathy Turner



 

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M&S Textiles - GBTB Gathering Bus Tomato - Black by A. Nanagarri



 

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M&S Textiles - GBFB Gathering Bush Food - Black by Marie Elena Ellis



 

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M&S Textiles - BTWFB Bush Tucker with Wild Fig - Black by Natasha Stuart



 

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M&S Textiles - BTWFR Bush Tucker with Wild Fig - Red by Natasha Stuart



 

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M&S Textiles - BTWFY Bush Tucker with Wild Fig - Yellow by Natasha Stuart



 

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M&S Textiles - YALG Yalke - Green by June Smith



Spectacular views of various creatures such as birds and frogs, and different vegetation can be viewed in the Yalke or wetlands of Australia, both in dry or wet seasons. In the dry season, vast water mass goes back to permanent wetlands, waterholes etc. and become home for waterfowls and many other migratory birds of Australia. In the wet, birds like magpies and geese congregate on the wetland or Yalke. June, with a vibtant color sense, has brilliantly depicted this design with Aboriginal symbols and signs out of her dreamtime story

 

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M&S Textiles - WBG Womens Business - Gold by E. Young



In Aboriginal culture, certain customs and practices are performed separately in a language group between men and women. These separate businesses are often referred to as men’s business and women’s business. These businesses are carried out under strict guidance of unwritten Aboriginal laws. E. Young us a well-known artist from Northern Territory. She uses bright and vibrant colors for her artworks. Her work depicts land, flora and fauna with a flavor of traditional Aboriginal culture. With her expertise, Young used her strong color sense in Women?s Business artwork. In the natural environment woman are sitting around the waterholes with coolamon and digging sticks. Wildflowers are visible with bright colors around in the area. Patch workers and quilters love her design

 

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M&S Textiles - GOASE Goanna and Snake - Ecru by A. Napanangka



There are many dreamtime stories about Goanna and rainbow Snake. One of the stories is that a man named Nyimbungi from the area known as Bungawalbin, called on Goanna. Nyimbungi knew that Goanna was more powerful than Rainbow Snake. Naturally, goanna would be able refrain snake from eating Yabba (or bird). Goanna was kind and listened to the man and decided to chase Rainbow Snake from the island (eastward) towards the coast. At woodburn, they started going to the East and half way down the Evans River, Goanna caught the Rainbow Snake; but the snake quickly turned around and bit goanna on the head. Goanna has temporarily withdrawn from the battle in order to eat some herbs for his recovery from the bite. When he felt better, Goanna resumed his chase called Evans Head and looked around for Goanna. When he could not find Goanna, he decided to go back to the west. The Rainbow Snake then went into the Evans River and coiled itself around and created Snake Island.

 

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M&S Textiles - BTW Bush Tucker - White by June Smith



Bush food (referred to as bush tucker in Australia) traditionally refers to any food which is native to Australia and is used as sustenance by the original inhabitants, the Australian Aborigines. For thousands of years Aboriginal people survived living off the land, eating well when food was plentiful & conserving it in times of drought. This food is called bush tucker or bush food, and it’s Australia’s native food.
June Smith is a well-known artist in Santa Teresa, Alice Springs. She was born in 1960 in Alice Spring and she studied in Alice Springs. She is the first woman in Santa Teresa to paint on silk.

 

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M&S Textiles - BTBL Bush Tucker - Black by June Smith



Bush food (referred to as bush tucker in Australia) traditionally refers to any food which is native to Australia and is used as sustenance by the original inhabitants, the Australian Aborigines. For thousands of years Aboriginal people survived living off the land, eating well when food was plentiful & conserving it in times of drought. This food is called bush tucker or bush food, and it’s Australia’s native food.
June Smith is a well-known artist in Santa Teresa, Alice Springs. She was born in 1960 in Alice Spring and she studied in Alice Springs. She is the first woman in Santa Teresa to paint on silk.

 

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M&S Textiles - BPB Bush Plum - Black by Polly N Wheeler



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.

 

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M&S Textiles - BLB Blue Tongue - Black by Nambooka



According to the Aboriginal dreamtime story, a man was making a dilly bag (an aboriginal bag made out of string from the kurrajong tree). Suddenly he saw a group of men approaching him. These men were his enemies and wanted to kill him. The man was scared and in order to protect himself, he turned into a blue-tongued lizard called kurrih. The lizard then crawled inside this dilly bag to save itself from the enemies. When he did this, the hard string of the bag stuck on his back and his skin became hard. This was the reason that even today blue tongue lizards have harder skin than other reptiles.

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.

 

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M&S Textiles - WBC Womens Business - Charcoal by E. Young



In Aboriginal culture, certain customs and practices are performed separately in a language group between men and women. These separate businesses are often referred to as men’s business and women’s business. These businesses are carried out under strict guidance of unwritten Aboriginal laws. E. Young us a well-known artist from Northern Territory. She uses bright and vibrant colors for her artworks. Her work depicts land, flora and fauna with a flavor of traditional Aboriginal culture. With her expertise, Young used her strong color sense in Women’s Business artwork. In the natural environment woman are sitting around the waterholes with coolamon and digging sticks. Wildflowers are visible with bright colors around in the area. Patch workers and quilters love her design

 

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M&S Textiles - Spiritual Women - Gray by Chandra Conway



Spiritual Women are an integral part of Aboriginal dreamtime stories. The ancestor spirit came down to the earth in human form and created most of the things that their future generations would need. They created the animals, rocks, waterholes, plants, rivers, mountains and other necessary essentials. During creation time, the spirit women were dancing, singing and entertaining the forefathers in the evening.

The ancestors created the relations between various groups of people, between individuals, their relations with lands, animals and how to preserve the relations. Ancestors taught them how to maintain close harmony with each other. The ancestors disappeared after their creations; they stayed in the sacred sites. For this reason, land is always close to the heart of Aboriginal people. The material value of the land is not what the Aboriginal people think is important. They look at the land as part of the Dreamtime, to be preserved for future generations to appreciate.

 

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M&S Textiles - MWHY Men and Women Hunting - Yellow by Kerry Pearce



Indigenous people of Australia hunt and fetch their food from various sources came from the bush, the land and the sea. They use Bush Tucker such as Bush Banana, Bush Berries, Bush Plums etc. as their diet. They also hunt in the wild for wild animals. Men hunt Kangaroo with various hunting tools they have procured from their ancestors and women pick the fruits & vegetables from the bush. Over the years, they have learnt various ways of hunting, collecting and preparing their food.

Kerry Pearce is a young artist from the Coniston Station in the northwest of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She belongs to Anmatyerre language group. Her learning with art & crafts helped her to gain a skilful hand and the teachings from her family and ancestors. In this artwork, Kerry depicted on how her people used to hunt in the bush for their food.

 

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M&S Textiles - MWHP Men and Women Hunting - Purple by Kerry Pearce



Indigenous people of Australia hunt and fetch their food from various sources came from the bush, the land and the sea. They use Bush Tucker such as Bush Banana, Bush Berries, Bush Plums etc. as their diet. They also hunt in the wild for wild animals. Men hunt Kangaroo with various hunting tools they have procured from their ancestors and women pick the fruits & vegetables from the bush. Over the years, they have learnt various ways of hunting, collecting and preparing their food.

Kerry Pearce is a young artist from the Coniston Station in the northwest of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She belongs to Anmatyerre language group. Her learning with art & crafts helped her to gain a skilful hand and the teachings from her family and ancestors. In this artwork, Kerry depicted on how her people used to hunt in the bush for their food.

 

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M&S Textiles - MPLB Meeting Places Black by Josie Cavanagh



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.

 

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M&S Textiles - FLARB Fresh Life After Rain Black by Christine Doolan



Central Australia is a semi desert area. Rain fall in this area is very rare. Vegetation’s are not plenty. However, after several months of dry weather, sometimes Alice Springs get good rainfall. Suddenly area starts blooming with Australian wild flower almost everywhere. The whole territory gets a new life. Visitors are greeted with amazing array of colors of yellow, purple, red green and much more. Christine is a good artist. She belongs to the famous Doolan family. Her art is bold and neat. Christine captured the Fresh Life after Rain with great imagination and skill full artwork.

 

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M&S Textiles - DSBR Dancing Spirit Brown by Colleen Wallace



Dancing Spirit represents the sacred dance of ancient aboriginal ancestors since the timeof creation. When dancing, these aboriginal spirits pay their respects to Mother Earth,expressing their love and admiration for the sacred land. 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

 

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M&S Textiles - WGBTB Women Gather Bush Tucker Black by Bernadine Johnson



Bernadine Johnson is well known and experienced Aboriginal artist. She comes from Utopia which is a birthplace for many famous Aboriginal Artists. She now lives with her husband Stephen Pitjara, who is also an established artist, and two children in South Australia. Bernadine?s Language group is Arrernte and her dreaming is Bush Tucker.

The motifs in her works are neat, clear and colourful; and the minute details are wonderful. She depicts semi-circles representing women and concentric circles representing waterholes in this design. The women, after collecting various fruits for their food (tucker), sit around the waterholes with coolamon in front of them and digging stick by their side.

 

 

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M&S Textiles - WODRR Women Dancing for Rain Red by Shirleen Campbell



Northern Territory of Australia is semi desert region. Average temperature in summer ranges from 20 degrees to 35 degrees and can soar to around 40 degrees. January is the wet month with around 40mm of rainfall, however climate is considered dry and arid for most of the year.

In Northern territory, Aboriginal people organises Rain Dance in various places during his period. Shirleen Campbell being a skilful designer, incorporates rain dance to her artworks. Women dance and sing for rain in the gathering. They enjoy it vividly. Shirleen depicted concentric circles as waterholes. The big U-shaped object represent men, stick represents music stick and the musical drums. During the dance women are going around and dance for rain and other people socialize with each other.

 

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M&S Textiles - WSBR Winter Spirits Brown by Faye Oliver



Faye Oliver is an experienced and well established artist. She worked at Keringke Art Centre for about six years, as an assistant art co-ordinator. Through her works, she tries to bring harmony in the community. We can see an expression of modesty in her works. She believes in trust and peace in the community.

In Dreamtime, there weren’t many people or living beings such as animals, birds etc. Every being used to understand each other’s language and they didn’t know of death. However, one day, a little bird fell from a tree and broke its neck, paralysing its body. The elderly knowledgeable birds and animals announced that the spirits have taken the bird from the world to get a new bird. Although everybody accepted this idea, they wanted to confirm this by watching the bird. The caterpillars volunteered to do so. The elderly ordered the caterpillars to watch the bird from clouds in the sky throughout the winter. One fine early day of the spring, the caterpillars transformed into butterflies and returned to the camp with beautiful bodies. Since then, the caterpillars spend the winters in cocoons to transform into butterflies, a wonderful gift of nature. In this design, Faye depicted the spirits watching over the Dreamtime creatures from the sky. 

 

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M&S Textiles - STEB Stella Black by Cathy Turner



Stella is a monument of sculptural stone ware introduced by Maya civilization of ancient Meso america. They consist of tall sculptured stone shaft and are often associated with low circular stones referred to as altars. Cathy Turner is a skilled and experienced Aboriginal artist. Her imaginative mind led her to depict Stella in her artwork wonderfully. It is colorful, vibrant with full of minute details. Stella design on fabric is very popular to our costumer.

 

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M&S Textiles - SWSB Sacred Woman's Song Black by Faye Oliver



Faye Oliver is an experienced and well established artist. She worked at Keringke Art Centre for about six years, as an assistant art co-ordinator. Her artworks have been exhibited in various countries. She also received a number of art awards. Through her works, she tries to bring harmony in the community. The expression of modesty can be seen in her works. She believes in trust and peace in the community.

Faye?s artworks are colourful, neat and beautiful. She learnt painting from sister Edith, one of sacred heart nuns. In this design, she depicts sacred women (healers) moving around the bush in groups, singing scared songs, collecting different types of medicinal herbs and leaves. Some women are digging for the medicinal roots with their digging stick. They use these medicinal plants to heal the wounded.

 

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M&S Textiles - PBB-G Plum and Bush Banana Green by Laurel Tanlels



Bush Plum is a small plum like fruit grown abundant in sub-tropical woodlands of the Northern Territory of Australia. The fruits has a high content of vitamin C. It is full of anti-oxidants, folic acid and iron. The flowers are small, creamy white, perfumed and borne along spikes in the leaf axils towards the end of branches. The fruit has a traditional source of bush tucker and healing remedy for the indigenous people of Northern Territory for many years. Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for many thousands of years. One of the secrets to their success was their knowledge of nature and bush food. Bush banana is another commonly used fruit from tucker to medicine. Laurel Tanels is a skillful and bold artist. She depicted both the bush fruits very neatly. Laurels sense of color is excellent. Bush Banana and Plum & Bush Banana are enormously adored by most fabric lovers around the world.

 

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M&S Textiles - PBBG Plum and Bush Banana Gold by Laurel Tanlels



Bush Plum is a small plum like fruit grown abundant in sub-tropical woodlands of the Northern Territory of Australia. The fruits has a high content of vitamin C. It is full of anti-oxidants, folic acid and iron. The flowers are small, creamy white, perfumed and borne along spikes in the leaf axils towards the end of branches. The fruit has a traditional source of bush tucker and healing remedy for the indigenous people of Northern Territory for many years. Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for many thousands of years. One of the secrets to their success was their knowledge of nature and bush food. Bush banana is another commonly used fruit from tucker to medicine. Laurel Tanels is a skillful and bold artist. She depicted both the bush fruits very neatly. Laurels sense of color is excellent. Bush Banana and Plum & Bush Banana are enormously adored by most fabric lovers around the world.

 

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M&S Textiles - PBBB Plum and Bush Banana Black by Laurel Tanlels



Bush Plum is a small plum like fruit grown abundant in sub-tropical woodlands of the Northern Territory of Australia. The fruits has a high content of vitamin C. It is full of anti-oxidants, folic acid and iron. The flowers are small, creamy white, perfumed and borne along spikes in the leaf axils towards the end of branches. The fruit has a traditional source of bush tucker and healing remedy for the indigenous people of Northern Territory for many years. Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for many thousands of years. One of the secrets to their success was their knowledge of nature and bush food. Bush banana is another commonly used fruit from tucker to medicine. Laurel Tanels is a skillful and bold artist. She depicted both the bush fruits very neatly. Laurels sense of color is excellent. Bush Banana and Plum & Bush Banana are enormously adored by most fabric lovers around the world.

 

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M&S Textiles - MWHB Men and Women Hunting Black by Kerry Pearce



Indigenous people of Australia hunt and fetch their food from various sources came from the bush, the land and the sea. They use Bush Tucker such as Bush Banana, Bush Berries, Bush Plums etc. as their diet. They also hunt in the wild for wild animals. Men hunt Kangaroo with various hunting tools they have procured from their ancestors and women pick the fruits & vegetables from the bush. Over the years, they have learnt various ways of hunting, collecting and preparing their food.

Kerry Pearce is a young artist from the Coniston Station in the northwest of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She belongs to Anmatyerre language group. Her learning with art & crafts helped her to gain a skilful hand and the teachings from her family and ancestors. In this artwork, Kerry depicted on how her people used to hunt in the bush for their food.

 

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M&S Textiles - MPLE Meeting Places Ecru by Josie Cavanagh



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.

 

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M&S Textiles - DESP Desert Flowers Pink by Marie E. Ellis



Desert Flower is a colorful design by Marie Ellis of Northern Territory, Australia. She is a well-known Aboriginal artist. She has depicted colorful desert flowers which blossoms after the rainy season in the territory. These flowers are a very common sight during this period of time. 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.

 

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M&S Textiles - DESB Desert Flowers Black by Marie E. Ellis



Desert Flower is a colorful design by Marie Ellis of Northern Territory, Australia. She is a well-known Aboriginal artist. She has depicted colorful desert flowers which blossoms after the rainy season in the territory. These flowers are a very common sight during this period of time. 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.

 

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M&S Textiles - DSB Dancing Spirit Black by Colleen Wallace



Dancing Spirit represents the sacred dance of ancient aboriginal ancestors since the timeof creation. When dancing, these aboriginal spirits pay their respects to Mother Earth,expressing their love and admiration for the sacred land. 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

 

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M&S Textiles - COB Corroboree Black by Donna Mcnanara



The Corroboree is a ceremonial gathering of Aboriginal people. There are some strict unwritten regulations which attendees have to follow. At corroboree, Aboriginals interact with Dreamtime ancestors through dance, music, costumes and body decorations. Outside guests are not permitted to attend these ceremonies without the elder’s permission.

One type of corroboree does cover all the social needs. There are corroborees for various purposes such as educational for children’s learning, death of a person, initiation and others. Dance is an integral part of Aboriginal culture. It includes stories of the ancestral beings who are the creators of the universe. Dancing is learnt at an early age.

Corroborees have religious connotations to relate individuals with the ancestral beings. Although the attendees and organisers are responsible people, they must get final clearance from the elders. Nobody is ever allowed to make any unpleasant comment on the participants or performers.

Donna McNamarra’s a very skilful and ardent designer. Her artwork is neat and vivid. It shows people are coming from various directions to attend corroboree. Bush foods such as witchetty grubs, honey ants, bush fruits etc. are available in the area. People are coming and sitting around the round corroboree area. Donna’s artwork is brilliant, vibrant and simply wonderful.

 

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