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Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End

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Winner, 2021 R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award,
Textile Society of America
Given annually to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies.



By Joanna Barrkman

Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End presents the work of contemporary Australian textile artists working at five Aboriginal-owned art centers in the Northern Territory: Tiwi Design, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Injalak Arts and Crafts Aboriginal Corporation, Babbarra Women’s Centre, and Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language. This book traces the history of textile screen printing at these art centers, from its beginnings in the late 1960s to its recent emergence as a vibrant contemporary art form for Aboriginal expression. A profile of each art center is followed by representative artworks. Essays by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars, curators, and practitioners discuss the history, inspiration, and practical processes underlying these striking creations; the ways screen-printed textile designs express the artists’ cultures, identities, and connections to lands; and the art centers’ collaborations with fashion and interior designers.

Joanna Barrkman is senior curator of Southeast Asian and Pacific Arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The other contributors are: Jilda Andrews, Priscilla Badari, Sylvia Badari, Joanna Barrkman, Diana Wood Conroy, Franchesca Cubillo, Michelle Culpitt, Ingrid Johanson, Louise Hamby, Will Heathcote, Raelene Kerinauia, Cathy Laudenbach, Grace Lillian Lee, Nadine Lee, Gabriel Maralngurra, Raylene Miller, Isaiah Nagurrgurrba, Hannah Raisin, Karin Riederer, Bobbie Ruben, Claire Summers, Bede Tungutalum, Phillip Wilson, Jude White, and Felicity Wright.

PUBLISHED: February 2021
SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / Australian and Oceanic Art, Art / Textiles
BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 334 Pages, 9 x 12 in x 0in, 257 color illus., 2 maps
ISBN: 9780998044507


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