Artists dig deep into their roots

December 01, 2016

Cushions: Artists Eva Ponting, Tammy Lee Atkinson and eric Brown snuggle up to their designs.

Kaiela Arts’ Design Roots exhibition is sure to delight as a range of special designer cushions are launched today.

Design Roots is a project by Kaiela Arts that has had four indigenous artists produce new work based on ancient Dreamings.

As research, the four artists visited the collections of the Koori Heritage Trust and Museum of Victoria.

Kaiela Arts manager Angie Russi said this was a Christmas exhibition that tied in with the organisation’s 10th year and incorporated a home range.

Design Roots features work from artists Tammy Lee Atkinson, Eric Brown, Troy Firebrace and Eva Ponting.

‘‘They’ve each created a body of work,’’ Ms Russi said.

‘‘There’s painting, wood carving, print making and weaving involved.’’ Each artist also contributed a design element to a set of beautiful linen cushions made by Spacecraft.

Design Roots curator Joe Pascoe said the idea was that the income would go on and on and since they were pillows they could be decorative and practical.

‘‘Next year we’ll do the same thing. We’ll have Design Roots 2 and the year after we’ll have Design Roots 3, so this will just produce income and interest,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s indigenous art that comes from their roots.’’

Design Roots runs from December 1 to the end of January next year.

The cushions can be bought for $70 each and there are four designs.

There will be an exhibition launch tonight at Kaiela Arts, 137 High St, Shepparton, from 6pm.

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