Baby romper - Jinibara Country Animals
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- Baby romper featuring hand screenprinted panel
- Pink print on green lightweight linen
- Light pink cotton drill backing
- elastic legs and sides
- three press-studs on straps for flexible fit
- Three press-studs at bottom for easy nappy change
- cross-over straps at back
- Made ethically in Australia from garment offcuts
Artist - Uncle Noel Blair
Born on Christmas Day in Wondai in South East Queensland, as a child Noel was moved with his family to the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve which was set up and controlled by the Australian Government. When Noel was 14 he was sent away to Quoin Island near Gladstone to work as an indentured labourer. He ended up breaking free and escaping, getting by with contract work – peanut picking, ring barking, stick picking, camping, fishing, hunting – and “keeping out of sight of those government people!”
Uncle Noel has been an artist since he was a child: “I started drawing when I was quite young; drawing was good when I couldn’t afford to buy paint! When I grew older I started working with the older people. They were carving walking sticks, spears, boomerangs, woomeras. I’ve always tried to keep my culture. Doing art is part of that. Growing up at Cherbourg the old people used to try and keep culture strong; my grandma used to take me out hunting, fishing, camping.”
“I like doing the burning (on wooden artifacts) – you don’t have to wash paint brushes, or wait for the paint to dry! You just burn it – and it’s done! I can do it for hours and hours without distraction, it helps me to concentrate, to think, to relax.
Uncle Noel is a Traditional Custodian of Jinibara Country, which was recognised in 2012 by the Federal Court in a native title determination. (The Jinibara group includes Dala, Nalbo, Garumgar, Dungidau clan groups). The claim was filed in 1998. “In 2012, we were granted exclusive access to 800 hectares of property (in eight parcels of land). We also got non-exclusive rights to 70,000 hectares of national park (Glasshouse mountains, Mapleton National Park). That was a really good feeling; it took a really long time, but we got there”.
Uncle Noel is involved in the Woodford Folk Festival, as Traditional Custodian of the Woodfordia site, and as a Jinibara Delegate to the festival Committee.
Art story: Jinibara Country Animals
“This animal design is inspiration from years of drawing. I usually burn them onto wood – but these ones I drew onto paper, and we scanned them onto the computer to make this print. I usually think of all the animals I can, and burn them onto clapsticks, and give them to my relatives – especially to my kids, to give them inspiration. They really love the animals. Most of the animals are from Jinibara Country – though we don’t have any sea in our area, but we knew of the sea creatures from stories, and paintings.”
Size and fit
size 00. 3-6 months
size 0. 6-12 months
size 1. 12-18 months
size 2. 18-24 months.
Treat me right
Design is printed on linen with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!
Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.
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