Better World Arts Christmas Star Card - Betsy Lewis
Large Christmas card with large detachable star decoration , with matching gold envelope. Card size is 125 x 175 mm and it is blank inside; large star decoration is 80 x 80mm approx. The perfect gift for friends and family.
The Art -
Based on a painting by Betsy Lewis. The country associated with this painting is Mina Mina, a place far west of Yuendumu, significant to Napangardi and Napanangka women who are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. The Dreaming describes the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled east gathering food, collecting Ngalyipi (Tinospora smilacina or snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where Karlangu (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them eventually beyond Warlpiri country. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The primary motif used in paintings of the Jukurrpa are the Karlangu digging sticks which rose up out of the ground at Mina Mina. The women used them to collect bush tucker on their travels. This painting shows the motion of the digging sticks as the women move them to dig.
The Artisans -
The detachable stars are lacquerware, a traditional Kashmiri handicraft, which is made from recycled paper then hand painted by artisans utilising Aboriginal artists' designs.
The paper for the cards is hand made in Jaipur (North India) from a SEDEX certified supplier. It is made using recycled cotton scraps from the garment industry. No wood or toxic chemicals are used in their production.
All products produced by Better World Arts cross cultural projects return royalties to the artists and their communities.