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Fat Quarter – Rockholes – Angilyiya Mitchell


Bright and joyous print, design is an ideal scale for patchworking and quilting

The image is a Fat Quarter folded.

This fabric is based on an original painting by Angilyiya Tjapiti Mitchell, an Aboriginal artist from Papulankutja (Blackstone) in the Ngaanyatjara Lands of Western Australia.

Digitally printed on organic cotton in Australia. Excellent weight for clothing, accessories and some homewares.


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  • Composition: Classic Cotton – organic (more info at bottom)
  • Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.5 inches)
  • Weight of base cloth: 140 gsm
  • The artist is paid royalties for every metre printed
  • Produced by Flying Fox Fabrics under license in collaboration with Papulankutja Artists
  • Tag with story details supplied (see photo)


Kapi (water) and tjukurla (holes in rocks) are where water collects after rain. Knowledge of where to find water in any form is critical in an arid landscape.

The location of kapi tjukurla was handed down through story and song cycles. It was particularly important to know which kapi tjukurla had water at which time of the year as it could mean life or death.

The circles in the painting represent the kapi tjukurla. The lines connecting the circles are the creeks, streams or paths the water takes that appear during the rainy times.

Angilyilya has a bold, colourful and vivacious style of painting. She paints with the confidence of an elder with deep ceremonial knowledge.

About the artist:

Angilyiya (also spelt as Angilya, Angiliya) was born near to Blackstone Ranges in Emu Country near Kunmarnarra Bore. There are important men’s Dreamings in this country which is a traditional law area. She is a strong Law woman with wonderful bush skills, holding a wealth of traditional knowledge and capacity to live on this land. Recently Angilyiya was appointed the caretaker for an important woman’s dreaming, linked to the Seven Sisters story in country a little south of Blackstone.

Angilyiya’s father had four wives and her mother was the third. As a result she has a number of siblings and she has the same father as Anawari Inpiti Mitchell. Her father was a ‘jealous man’ and kept his wives confined at a camp in the spinifex, at a distance from others. He would sweep the ground around the camp to ensure they did not venture out.

Angiliyiya had five children, one of whom has passed away..

She created her first painting in 1994 and has been consistently active as an artist since and has also made limited edition prints. She is energetic and takes an interest in many things and has turned her hand to wood carving to make punu (small wood sculptures) and wira (bowls) and making bush medicines.

She is very active in teaching and mentoring in language, culture and heritage. She is frequently called upon by the local Land Management team to come on trips and ‘talk for rockholes’ because of her knowledge of country/sites and ability to teach about ethnobotany and share Tjukurrpa (ancestral creation) stories.

She has also been a keen member of NPY Women’s Council and of Tjanpi Desert Weavers (TDW) making sculptural objects such as baskets and animal figures out of natural fibre tjarnp (local grasses), raffia and wool.

Angiliyiya has been commissioned to contribute to major projects including creating a grass Toyota that won first prize in the 2005 Na onal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (NATSIA) Awards. It was a collective work created by 18 women from Papulankutja/Blackstone (WA) and was acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery NT as part of their permanent collection. This was the first me a contemporary fibre art piece took the major prize in the history of this prestigious award.

Papulankutja Artists is a community-based, not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation governed by a committee of elected members.

It evolved out of the Women’s Centre where painting had been encouraged as an activity for both men and women since the mid 1980s. With the Aboriginal art market taking off it became necessary to establish a legal framework to protect the artists and their entitlements. Papulankutja Artists was born in 2003 and a year later registered as an Aboriginal Corporation with the members governing the art centre. After five year struggling to find a home Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose built art centre in 2009. The art centre also works with artists in Mantamaru (Jameson), a community 75kms to the west.

The fabric: Classic Cotton is made from organic yarn and woven in a satin finish. The fabric has a smooth surface with a sheen across it and a bright white point making it an excellent fabric for printing. Classic Cotton is a versatile fabric that produces a soft hand feel and gentle drape. Perfect for all types of clothing, accessories and selected soft furnishings.

Printed by: Next State Print in Melbourne, Australia

Fabric care instructions:
Gentle cold wash. Do not bleach, warm rinse well, do not tumble dry, iron, dry cleanable (P).


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