Singlet - Ngakurlurnju (wild bush tomatoes)
Singlet - Ngakurlurnju (wild bush tomatoes)
Singlet - Ngakurlurnju (wild bush tomatoes)

Singlet - Ngakurlurnju (wild bush tomatoes)

Regular price $120.00
  • Sleeveless top
  • black print on green linen/cotton
  • Fabric hand screen printed in Sydney
  • Top made in Sydney
  • Revised pattern from previous top - 2cm longer, buttons down back, and more generous fit 

Artist and art centre

Stewart was born in 1951 at Doomadgee Mission in the Gulf of Carpenteria, QLD. He is a Garrwa man on his mother’s side. His paternal grandfather was Ali Hussin, an Egyptianvcameleer from Central Australia. His maternal grandfather Yarriyarri grew him up on Calvert Hills Station (NT). Yarriyarri taught his grandson about country and the stories of the land.

From nine years of age Stewart started droving and working in stock camps throughout QLD, WA and the NT. He settled in Borroloola in 1972 after marrying Yanyuwa/Garrwa woman Nancy McDinny. He started his own cattle business at Wandangula (Police Lagoon), in 1979, and currently lives at the nearby Sandridge outstation with Nancy.

Stewart started painting in early the 2000s after he stopped cattle work. He started painting landscapes from the Calvert Hills and Robinson regions, and later started painting historical stories about droving and Aboriginal resistance fighters, who fought for their country during the period of colonisation in the Gulf. Hoosan is Junggayi (ceremonial “manager”) for the country of his mother and her parents. He paints the big country belonging to the Garrwa people.

Stewart created this design in September 2017 during a screenprinting workshop in Katherine run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts.

Art story

“This design is about wild tomato. Bush name is Ngakurlurnju. We been doing a lot of study about this because it’s a good bush medicine. We thinking about growing these tomatoes, and maybe one day it might be in the shop!

This one doesn’t grow anywhere else. No body knows about these fruit because they grow in secret places, in the Gulf. Calvert Hill. Mountain country. It’s really sacred this one; this is the first time I’ve shown anyone in public.”

Size and fit

Neda is 180cm tall – she wears size 8 singlet top.

Singlet top
6 8 10 12 14 16
bust 87 92 97 102 107 112
waist/hem circumference 83 88 93 98 103 108
centre front length 38.78 39.42 40.06 40.07 41.24 41.98

 

Treat me right

Design is printed on linen/cotton 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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