Better World Arts Cushion Cover Artist Karen Manatji Kulyura


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Walka Tjulpun tjulpunpa – Desert Wildflowers

Karen describes her painting as Walka. Walka is any meaningful mark or pattern and may be an image on a cave wall, on rock or on sand and has cultural and ritual significance. It is used on the body during inma or ceremony. This painting depicts tjulpuntjulpunpa – wildflowers, and is reminiscent of the designs that are created on batik silks – a skill which Karen and many of her family members from Ernabella are very well known for.Karen is very influenced by the beautiful colours and shapes of the landscape. She often illustrates aspects of nature in her work, from the desert country where she grew up and also likes to paint the flora here in Adelaide, where she has lived for many years.

Hand screen printed using water based inks on medium weight cotton cushion covers, designed by Aboriginal artists, with hand embroidered details, contrasting colour backing, zip closure, 41x41cm (16×16″).


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