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The National Aboriginal Design Agency (NADA) is delighted to collaborate with luxury Sydney-based wallpaper company Luxe Walls, to offer a range of contemporary Aboriginal design wallpaper.
There are 14 works on offer in the capsule collection, which each share a story of ancient or contemporary Aboriginal culture. Priced at $99 per square metre, the range is an affordable way to invest in Aboriginal art. What’s more the wallpaper is 100% removable and reusable, which means you can enrich your surrounding even if you move home.
All of Luxe Walls’ Aboriginal wallpapers and wall murals are custom printed to ensure that your room is totally unique. Choose from among the beautiful crafted designs and select the colourway to suit your interior.
The designs include:
Pipi Djina Djina by Birrbay artist Angela Marr-Grogan
“Pipi djina djina means ‘pipi footprints’ in my traditional language of Gathang,” says Angela. “This artwork is a celebration of my childhood, culture and life as a saltwater Birrbay woman. Pipis were a main traditional food source for my family and we enjoyed them cooked traditionally sea side by campfire, or as a curried gravy and fritters.
“The pipi djina djina design depicts a low tidal section of the beach on Birrbay country between Lighthouse Beach and Lake Cathie in Port Macquarie known as Christmas Bells Plains. This stretch of the coastline was always plentiful with pipis and my family would gather together to collect them during the summer months.
“The round circles represent the small tidal pools or foot holes left behind by our digging and twisting in the sand – our pipi djina djina.”
Feather Dreaming, Gatherings, Lili Pili, Kelp, River through the mountains, Starfish rockpool, Water and Water people by Brentyn Lugnan
Brentyn Lugnan is a Gumbaynggirr artist and Coffs Harbour identity. Originally from Urunga, he returned to the Mid North Coast after living in Sydney’s inner city, where he worked as graphic designer for SBS and an animator at the ABC. Brentyn’s public art appears across the interior of the Westpac building at Barangaroo, in Darling Harbour and throughout the foyer of Coffs Harbour Court House.
“As soon as I’m painting on a wall, I feel a connection to my ancestors,” he says. “I’m standing in a cave, next to the old mob, doing a painting with them. That’s the thrill I get doing my stuff on the walls. It’s an extension of my culture, my spirituality. I still get a thrill every time I walk up and start drawing on a wall.”
“A landscape-based design, developed from the feathers of birds.”
“The central element of this piece is the gathering of peoples from different nations.”
“This is my homage to the lili pili fruit, which is an important food source for Aboriginal people.”
“Being from Gaagal ‘ocean’ people, sea life and plants are a constant source of inspiration. Here we see the leaf of the very useful Kelp plant on the sand.”
River through the mountains
“Shown by the circles is a local mountain formation with the river seen cutting through it.”
“This design represents children collecting starfish in a rockpool”
“The inspiration for this design was the ripples created by water at a local billabong.”
“The circles depict people fishing surrounded by the rippled water lines. To the peoples of the coast, the ocean is a part of them and I’ve tried to portray this relationship.”
Ancestors & Water Lily by Jeremy Devitt
Jeremy “Mudjai” Devitt is a descendent of the Nganyaywana, Daingutti (Dhanggatti) and Gumbainga (Gumbaynggir). He is an accomplished artist and dancer who has been creating artwork since the age of seven.
Inspired by culture, Mother Nature, spirit and life, his style of style of painting is called ‘spiritway’, learned from his Uncle and passed down through generations of Elders.
For traditional painting, his philosophy to listen to Elders carefully, to ensure each painting embodies a story.
“We believe that when we finish we become a star. This feather arrangement symbolises that star – we sometimes wear the feather stars on our arm band which symbolise our family ancestors always watching over us.”
“This depicts spirit power that comes from the centre of one’s soul.”
Rock and Water and Whistling Distance by Lee Townsend
Lee Townsend is a Dharug and Kamilaroi woman born and raised in Blacktown, NSW. Lee started painting and drawing more than 20 years ago and works in a variety of mediums. Lee is passionate about the different ways that she can express stories through art.
“Sharing my art allows you to be a part of the story,” she says. “I hope you enjoy the journey as you will now carry a piece of the original concept into your world.’
Rock and Water
“To be whole you need to be both flexible and strong; to find the balance within yourself to be part of a group and to go with the flow, but to also be strong in yourself and believe in what you know.
Mother Nature can assist us to find the balance that needs to coexist inside of all of us.
Water can be strong when the rain comes and fills the stream, it flows much faster and yet is flexible to move around the rocks and change its course. The rocks are solid yet can be worn away when the flow of the water needs a new pathway.
The rock and the water elements are inside of us all.”
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“Being within whistling distance is how I grew up; it was a sound that developed into a family language, a way of finding connection and belonging in a world of change. I spent much of my youth responding to that call, the call just for me, my brother and sister but not for all.
This family language has lasted for four generations.
There are family languages inside all of us, ways that we communicate with each other.
May you enjoy within Whistling Distance and finding your own unique language connections in the world around us.”
Bimi Barrayler by Nicolle Duncan
Nicolle Duncan is a Biripi artist who grew up in Dharawal country. She is influenced by her family, culture, music, and her environment. In 2010 she was a significant member of Gangga Marrang Aboriginal Art Cooperative in Taree, establishing the gallery in the local community with great success at the first exhibition. She has been a part of many group exhibitions and murals throughout schools and the community.
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Dark/ Night Fly
“Butterflies are symbols of the soul,” says Nicolle. “Butterfly brings with her change, transformation and spiritual insight. The patterns on the butterfly represent the balance between peace and chaos in life. There is a pattern in life; it may seem random but is predictable.
Butterfly brings the challenge to look ahead at where your journey is going.”
Julia Hill from Luxe Walls says: “We hope that people will be inspired by the varied body of work that these artists have created and the beautiful stories that accompany each artwork. I was expecting artwork created out of dots and dashes, but when I saw the creative techniques used to tell the stories I was totally blown away.”
For more information on the Luxe Walls / NADA range please visit Luxe Walls. [URL] https://www.luxewalls.com.au/
To develop an exclusive range or for more information on how you can work with NADA please contact us directly on 02 6658 1315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org