Indigenous Art Paper Star - Damien and Yilpi Marks

Better World Arts

  • $9.95


Adorn your Christmas tree or home with a beautiful artwork by an Indigenous artist.
  • Large Christmas paper star
  • Measures 25cm
  • Designed by Indigenous artists, Damien and Yilpi Marks
  • The artist receives royalties for the use of their design
  • Thread loop for hanging
  • Made Fair Trade 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

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.

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.


We Also Recommend