Furnish your house with Australian indigenous art with help from Willie Weston
Two intrepid art curators have come together to spotlight the work of Australian Indigenous artists by creating a range of commercial-grade furnishing fabrics. Willie Weston fosters connections with commercial and domestic manufacturers to get artwork into new spaces while ensuring artists are remunerated for their work.
Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti started Willie Weston as a way to challenge preconceptions about Indigenous art and design through the distribution of textiles made in collaboration with Indigenous artists. The vibrantly patterned fabrics are being sold for application in various settings, and the sale of these textiles help to ensure continued revenue streams for artists outside of their main artistic production. Willie Weston has unveiled two collections to date – The Ampilatwatja Collection and The Tiwi Collection, working with artists in Ampilatwatja and the Tiwi Islands respectively.
In addition to the textile distribution, Willie Weston has linked up with Koskela to create a charming range of beanbags using the work of Rosie Ngwarraye Ross of Ampilatwatja – a community situated 300 kilometres to the northeast of Alice Springs. The beanbags are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and feature a textile design of Sugarbag Dreaming – an original artwork by Rosie Ngwarraye Ross. The term ‘sugarbag’ refers to the name for honey and the nectar from flowers of the ‘tarrkarr’ tree that is often gathered in Ampilatwatja. Trade enquiries for Willie Weston textiles can be sent through to Style Revolutionary in Greenslopes, but you can get a closer look at the textiles on the Willie Weston website.