We’ve included this section to give you some background information about Indigenous Australian fabric printing – it’s not about Flying Fox Fabrics. A lot of what we find ourselves doing is education, explaining why we think that fabric designs created and printed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people matter. As well as sharing information about: who does them; where they are made; what they mean; and how you can get your hands on some.
In our Info section you will find some general information about art centres, fabric printing, techniques and more. Also lots of links so you can do your own research.
Very soon a landmark publication will be available – Aboriginal Screen Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End. This book will be a fantastic resource for anyone interested in Australian Indigenous hand printed fabrics. It is the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition of the same name, curated by Joanna Barrkman, that will be shown at Fowler Museum at UCLA, USA in 2021. The show is a survey of fabric designs created by five art centres: Tiwi Design, Injalak Arts, Merrepen Arts, Jilamara Arts & Crafts and Babbarra Designs and with accompanying interpretive displays. Within the catalogue are essays by a number of contributors covering a range of topics relevant beyond just the five art centres featured. One contributor was Felicity Wright (our founder) who wrote an essay: ‘The Production, Marketing, and Uses of Screen Printed Textiles’.
The catalogue was due to be published late 2020 but there may be delays. The exhibition was to open in 2020 but has been postponed due to COVID-19 and we are waiting for a new opening date.
Let us know if you have any questions that you can’t find answered here or in the FAQs.