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Willie Weston Launches The Bábbarra Collection

Miriam McGarry
7th August, 2018

Line your walls and swathe your furniture with these stunning artworks from Susan Marawarr and Elizabeth Kandabuma.

Wallpaper and fabric are generally viewed as background affairs – soft furnishings and decorative landscape against which artworks take centerstage in a room. But in this new collection from Willie Weston, the beautiful fabric and wallpaper ARE the artwork!

The Bábbarra Collection of wallpaper and fabric features the original artwork of Susan Marawarr and Elizabeth Kandabuma, established artists from Maningrida in Central Arnhem Land. Susan’s artwork ‘Wak Wak’ features intricate rrack (cross-hatching) that refers to an ancestral being, and Elizabeth’s ‘Mud Ripples’ depicts the patterns in freshwater after the monsoonal wet season.

Willie Weston is a social enterprise business, who work with Australian Indigenous artists to produce collections of fabrics and wallpapers. Co-director Jessica Booth introduced the Bábbarra collection, explaining  ‘The weavings are magnificent works of art in themselves, and they contribute to the story we seek to tell through our products: Indigenous design is beautiful, sophisticated and translates seamlessly into contemporary interiors.’

Adorn your walls and furnishings with incredible works informed by the Central Arnhem Land landscape, while supporting ongoing income streams for practising artists. Win-win!

(Pictured above: Elizabeth Kandabuma’s Mud Ripples in Bush Onion [wall] and Wild Red Apple [ottoman], from the Bábbarra Collection. Weaving from Rosemary Jinmauliya, from Maningridge, Northern Territory.)

Miriam McGarry
7th August, 2018

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