- Composition: Classic Cotton – organic (see below)
- Width: 140 cm (52 inches)
- Weight of base cloth: 140 gsm
- The artist is paid royalties for every metre printed
- Produced by Flying Fox Fabrics under license in collaboration with Papulankutja Artists
Title Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters)
“I paint the land as I look down on it, my Grandfather’s land. I am not painting that tjukurrpa, that man’s story. I paint the land and the feelings I have when I’m on that country.”
This painting depicts Sharon’s Grandfather’s country. This place is in the Witura National Park on the Northern Territory and South Australia border just south of Finke. This area is a beautiful place with plenty of water. There are many trees, lakes and swimming holes.
Sharon is a young artist who worked at Papulankutja Artists at Blackstone, a remote community near the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. Her works show a map of her Grandfather’s country, named Aputula.
Sharon speaks both Pitjantjatjara and English, she was born in Alice Springs in 1981, and then grew up in Aputula. In 2008, Sharon and her partner moved to Blackstone with their young family of three children. It was around this time that Sharon took a small plane over Apatula and saw the rivers and salt lakes from up high, an aerial perspective. Since this flight, Sharon has experimented with the shape and features of the surface of Aputula, through detailed, topographical paintings by memory.
Sharon has been painting for over 10 years, but as well as being an artist and mother, Sharon works for the Blackstone Home and Community Care (HACC) program, assisting in the kitchen, cooking and delivering meals to the elderly community members.
Papulankutja Artists is a community-based, not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation governed by a committee of elected members.
It evolved out of the Women’s Centre where painting had been encouraged as an activity for both men and women since the mid 1980s. With the Aboriginal art market taking off it became necessary to establish a legal framework to protect the artists and their entitlements. Papulankutja Artists was born in 2003 and a year later registered as an Aboriginal Corporation with the members governing the art centre. After five year struggling to find a home Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose built art centre in 2009. The art centre also works with artists in Mantamaru (Jameson), a community 75kms to the west.
The fabric: Classic Cotton is made from organic yarn and woven in a satin finish. The fabric has a smooth surface with a sheen across it and a bright white point making it an excellent fabric for printing. Classic Cotton is a versatile fabric that produces a soft hand feel and gentle drape. Perfect for all types of clothing, accessories and selected soft furnishings.
Printed by: Next State Print in Melbourne
Fabric care instructions:
Gentle cold/ warm hand wash. Do not bleach, warm rinse well, do not tumble dry, cool iron only, dry cleanable (P).