Yutu Dugitj – Koskela lampshade by Zelda Wurigir (#516-18)

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Yutu Dugitj - Koskela lampshade by Zelda Wurigir

The literal meaning of Yutu Dugitj can be both ‘a seed growing’ or ‘a grey hair sprouting.’ Margaret Gamuti explains that Yutu Dugitj is also a metaphor for the senior and young women coming together at their art centre to share skills and ideas, to work side-by-side while they make their weaving’s. The collaborative lampshade project with Koskela has attracted many younger generation artist’s.

The Milingimbi artist’s weave with native fibres harvested from Milingimbi and surrounding island Homeland’s. Fibres include; Gunga (pandanus), Balgurr (kurrajong) and Djan’pa (native fig root), these are dyed with the roots, bark and leaves of native plants and woven onto the fabricated frames designed by Koskela.

Milingimbi Art and Culture and Koskela began working together in early 2016. Our partnership began ambitiously with two large scale woven ‘reflection pods’ commissioned by Westpac bank for their corporate headquarters in Sydney. Yuwaalaraay designer Lucy Simpson developed the concept for the ‘reflection pods’ as a way of creating intimate meeting spaces.

Woven gunga(pandanus), 37 x 43 cm

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Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.


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