Soft Sculpture | Pretty Bird by Louise Robertson | Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

Louise Robertson is a Walpari women who grew up in Yuendamu, west of Alice Springs with her grandma. She loved living there as a child and going on bush trips with her grandma: hearing stories about country and collecting bush tucker.
When Louise was about 8years old, she moved to Alice Springs to live with her mother. 

Louise said that she came into the art room one day to see what her mother-in-law, Dulcie Sharpe and all the other ladies were doing. She decided she wanted to be part of it and so she starting coming every day. At first she was nervous, but then Dulcie taught her how to sew and now she loves it. She says she keeps trying new things and thinking about what to sew when she is at home. She wants people to feel happy when they look at her soft scultpures, like she feels happy when she makes them.

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, an Indigenous art enterprise in the Larapinta Valley Town Camp, west of Alice Springs, are renowned for their vibrant embroidered soft sculptures depicting many facets of life in the desert — from wildlife and customs such as hunting and collecting, to social issues, family life, childcare and intergenerational learning. Constructed from recycled woollen blankets - that are hand dyed with natural bush dyes- before being sewn together and adorned with vivid hand embroidery, these are truly charming and unique sculptural installations to add to your collection.

Originally established in 2000 as a response to the chronic social issues faced by the town camp, Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp Artists started as an arts training project. Now a vibrant and dynamic hub, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is seen as an important part in rebuilding strength in the community and creating economic access for people, many of whom had not been engaged previously in the workforce. Town Camp Designs is a collection of products created by Ewyenper Atwatye, Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. They are a 100% Aboriginal owned and run art centre with all sales directly supporting the artists, and all profit going towards artists fees and future projects. Through their art, Town Camp Artists communicate stories about their families, identity and lives.

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100% Made in Australia
Louise Robertson of Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
Size: 24 x 22 x 5cm
Material: Recycled blankets, bush dyes, wool.
Accompanying metal stand included

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