Damien and Yilpi Marks - Indigenous Art Paper Star

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A colourful paper star featuring Indigenous art. This decoration has a gold thread so you can hang it on the Christmas tree or around the home. Combine with our other Indigenous art star designs for a unique and vibrant Christmas display. It also makes a lovely gift with a candle and some Fairtrade chocolate.
  • Paper star Christmas decoration
  • 25cm
  • Art designed by Indigenous artists Damien and Yilpi Marks
  • The artists receive royalties for the use of their artwork
  • Thread loop for hanging
  • Fair Trade
  • Handmade in India

Please note: This star will arrive flat packed. Simply fan out the star and fasten with the string and toggle.

About the Artwork

Sandhills by Damien and Yilpi Marks

This is a very detailed painting which describes a dry time of year in Damien’s 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.

About the Makers

Better World Arts

Better World Arts facilitates cross cultural art projects between Aboriginal artists in Australia, and artisans in India. The Aboriginal artists are paid royalties for their designs, and the artisans in India work in conditions that encompass the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, including receiving a fair wage, working in safe conditions, and ensuring there is no child labour or forced labour.

Read more about Better World Arts here.

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Hampers

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Gift Wrapping

We will happily gift wrap products for an extra $2. This can be added at checkout along with a short note to the person receiving the gift.

When purchasing multiple products don't forget to include in your order notes if you would like the products to be wrapped separately or all together. Around Christmas time, please specify if it is a Christmas gift or not so we can choose the wrapping paper accordingly.

Our products are a curated selection of intentional and purposeful items which work towards alleviating global issues and inequities. Many of our products hold Fair Trade Certifications from the World Fair Trade Organisation, Fair Trade Australia & New Zealand as well as sustainable textile certifications such as the GOTS Certification. Read more about our product selection process here.