Better World Arts Christmas Star Card - Damien & Yilpi Marks (975)
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 -
This is a very detailed painting which describes a dry time of year in Damien Marks’ homeland, Mount Liebig. The painting illustrates aspects of landscape and culture around that area that was told to Damien by his great-grandmother and great- grandfather. There are women sitting with their children collecting bush potatoes (the mass of red shapes at the bottom of the painting). The women are talking and getting ready for a ceremony. There is one man (wati) sitting down with his waru (spear). The spinifex is dry and so the man is walking around making bushfires. He is a good man, he is undertaking controlled burnings so the spinifex burns up and then good fruits can grow after this. There are several symbols in this painting. The small sun-like symbols represent women’s body painting – these are the images the women are painting on each other as they sit down ready for inma – traditional ceremony. There is a dry creek bed running through the painting (in red and white), and there are cracks in the ground and claypans. There are also dried rockholes (tjukula), and next to them are tali – sandhills.
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.
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