Kip&Co Team Up With Ernabella Arts For A Bold + Bright Printed Collection

Kip&Co have been involved in some pretty incredible collaborations in their time, having worked with art icons Ken Done and Mirka Mora. But their latest might be their most significant one yet.

The Melbourne-based brand has teamed up with Ernabella Arts — Australia’s oldest and longest continuously running Indigenous art centre — to create a colourful new collection of homewares, bedding, and apparel that proudly showcases the artist’s brilliant works and ancestral stories in a new way!

Christina Karras

From left: Kip&Co co-founder Kate Heppell, artist Langaliki Lewis, artist Lynette Lewis, artist Michelle Lewis, Kip&Co co-founder Alex McCabe, artist Malpiya Davey and Kip&Co co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke.

Painter and ceramicist Langaliki Lewis holding her work ‘Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant Dreaming)’.

Senior artist and community pastor Rupert Jack holds (and wears) his design, ‘Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)’.

Pillowcases and duvet: Ngayuku Ngura (Sand) by Rupert Jack.

European pillowcases: Kalaya Ngura by Carlene Thompson.

Pillowcases and quilt cover: Tjulpu Kulunypa by Carlene Thompson.

Pillowcases and quilt cover: Ngayuku Ngura (Sand) by Rupert Jack.

Euro pillowcases and quilt cover: Likara by Alison Lionel.

Pillowcases and quilt cover: Tjulpu Kulunypa by Carlene Thompson.

Embroidered cushion: Ngayuku Ngura by Rupert Jack

Tablecloth: Tjulpu Kulunypa by Carlene Thompson.

Tablecloth: Ngayuku Ngura (Sand) by Rupert Jack.

Tea towel and apron: Ngayuku Ngura (Sand) by Rupert Jack.

Ceramic dining plate set: Tjulpu Kulunypa by Carlene Thompson. Copyright the artists or Ernabella Arts, licensed by Copyright Agency.

Christina Karras
2nd of October 2023

Kip&Co co-founder Alex McCabe says it’s never been more important to acknowledge the traditional owners of our country — and Kip&Co’s latest collection is all about bringing First Nations stories to a wider audience.

For the past two years, the team has been working with Indigenous art centre Ernabella Arts to create a beautiful new range.

The centre is a particularly significant one, having been established in 1948 as a space for Anangu women to loom floor rugs and wall weavings. Since its inception,  the centre has now grown to include a mix of male and female artists, who practice painting, ceramics, jewellery, and everything in between.

Alex says this enduring creativity is what made Ernabella Arts a ‘dream’ to collaborate with.

‘In the middle of last year, we were lucky enough to spend time in the Pukatja community, the home of Ernabella Arts,’ she adds.

‘There we spent time with the artists, staying in the community while we learned about the stories behind their beautiful artworks and the history of the arts centre. Afterwards we shared an incredible celebratory meal of kangaroo tail on country while the kids roamed free, playing a spontaneous game of football.’

They worked closely with seven leading artists from the centre: Alison Lionel, Carlene Thompson, Lagaliki Lewis, Lynette Lewis, Malipiya Davey, Michelle Lewis and Rupert Jack. Each of them created a unique artwork that tells their ancestral stories, and these have been splashed across the Kip&Co x Ernabella Arts collection.

The final products include bold cushions with Malipiya’s depiction of her mother’s country, while silk clothing showcasing Alison’s paintings of wandering bark lines. In true Kip&Co fashion, it also features multi-coloured bedspreads, silk pillowcases, tablelinen, and ceramic dining plates filled with prints and patterns.

Ernabella Arts and Kip&Co will divide all profits from the collaboration equally, ensuring 50 per cent of profits will go back to the centre.

‘The artists and traditional owners generously allowed us to shoot on country, and it was so important to us to show the artworks amongst the surroundings that have inspired them,’ Alex explains. ‘Under the bright hot sun and clear blue skies, we created the campaign shoot with the help of the community who were both superstar models and guides for us!’

‘We’re incredible lucky and fortunate to have the opportunity to bring this art, and the stories of culture and country to a wider audience. And there’s no better sense of story and purpose than in the art created by the artists at Ernabella Arts.’

Shop the Kip&Co x Ernabella Arts collection online now here.

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