One of South Australia’s most remote Aboriginal communities has been working to transfer artwork from paper and canvas onto clothing.
Members of the Dunjiba community, part of Oodnadatta in the state’s far north-east, having been working with Ku Arts on the initiative.
The artwork will be transferred onto active wear, a style of clothing community members are comfortable wearing.
Melanie Henderson from Ku Arts said the clothing would also be sold to tourists.
“To learn more about this wonderful little community and its history,” she said.
“Everything that we do is led by, and for, community. So, this has evolved from workshops and a desire to explore this space.”
‘I’d like to see that’
Miller Stansbury is an Aboriginal artist who splits his time between Ceduna, on SA’s west coast, and Adelaide.
He took part in a recent Dunjiba textile workshop and has been painting since he was 14.
Mr Stansbury said he was looking forward to seeing some of his works on clothing.
“That’d be pretty neat, I’d like to see that,” he said.
Mr Stansbury’s medium is graffiti, and he enjoys the unique blend of modern street art with ancient Aboriginal methods.
“I do some graffiti, and then put some dot painting in the back, if I want to, and other people walk past and they know who it belongs to,” he said.
Kasia Tons is an Adelaide-based textile artist and said the clothing designs would be vibrant.
“The vibe of Dunjiba is very fun, so it’s going to be quite a loud look,” she said.
Ms Tons said, along with painting, other methods of creating artwork are used at the workshops, including using a 3D printing pen.
“You can place plastic over everyday objects and make your own version of them, there’s a lot of really nice textures that come out,” she said.