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Bangkerreng – enough already!

April 27, 2017
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Bangkerreng is the late wet season – a fantastic time for fishing. Right now it’s raining. *sad face* Usually by this time of the year the roads are relatively dry and we are welcoming guests …. not this year which has been one of the wettest on record. Roads access is still just a dream. Nevertheless we have been BUSY. So busy that this hasn’t been updated since March – YIKES! So what’s happening??? April has been Pozible campaign crowdfunding for ETHICAL ART THONGS month. We have samples of three great designs by Gabriel, Graham and Benson (Isaiah) on high quality fair trade rubber thongs manufactured in partnership with Etiko. It will cost more than $20,000 to order the minimum amounts of each design. Campaign finishes on 1.5 and we’re just over halfway. It’s a bit nerve wracking and we have our toes crossed. Please check it out – you’ll find some excellent and varied rewards for pledges including Gift Vouchers. Get it on! – the project where participants make something out of our fabric is in full swing. Fabric had gone out to nearly everyone by Easter. Our Etsy online shop has been doing extremely well. We’ve been keeping it well stocked with newly made fabrics and other lovely hand-made products. Customers from all over the world including the US, France, UK, NZ, Singapore and even Myanmar (!!) have ordered and received their goods. So far our feedback is consistently five star – 69 times!! Big boxes have been arriving from our fair trade partners in Cambodia crammed full of new bags, clothing and other goodies. Meanwhile we’ve been getting our house in order – painting, cleaning and tidying around the art centre and also clearing the Injalak Hill Rock Art tour track ready for hill tours. If you’d like to visit go to Rock Art Tours in our menu (above). And also have a look at our Trip Advisor reviews… they’re pretty darn good. Other things on the go include lots of juicy collaborations planned for 2017. We’ll keep you updated.

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March happenings

March 14, 2017
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Congratulations to the successful participants in Get It On!! We received more than 50 EOIs from around the world with a surprising number from professional designers/sewers. The variety and creativity was staggering. After assessing the applications we made a decision to expand the project to be as inclusive as possible. Originally capped at 25 participants we created two categories of participation so more than 40 creative people/collaborations will be involved. We aim to send out fabric around the end of the month with creations due back here at the end of May. It will be an extraordinary event! We are currently thinking about how participants and those interested can be kept in the loop through social media as the project unfolds. Meanwhile our artists and craftspeople are very productive with beautiful paintings and weavings walking in the door daily. Wet season is when the Pandanus is plentiful and basket making is at its zenith. Stunning woven objects including many sculptural works like stingrays and yawkyawks (mermaids) are being made. The fabric printing workshop has been going gangbusters with lots of stock now in our Etsy store. BIG THANKS to those customers who have been shopping there, it’s been welcome cash flow in our lean season: the wet season flooding means we are still inaccessible by road. Our printing ladies (Selina, Sylvia and Priscilla) are currently working with Jude White, our printing trainer, who arrived on site on Saturday. They will all leave at the end of this week for a 2 week artist residency in Northern NSW teaching and learning with Bundjalung women of Wake Up Time. Finally, we have some staffing changes with the arrival of Laura Shipp, our new Art Centre Support Officer, and tomorrow we will be joined by Zoe Curran who will take up the Arts Administration Officer role. A big welcome to them both.

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Get it on!!!

February 11, 2017
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We are excited to announce the launch of a new event – Get it on! – inviting clothing designers/makers to create wearable items out of our hand-printed fabrics. We have 40+ different fabric designs created by our artist members. Our team prints these designs on silk, linen, linen/cotton and cotton on our 8 metre table. We are looking for inspiring ways of using our fabrics in womenswear, menswear and children’s clothing. Can also include bags and wearable items (hats, jewellery). We supply the fabric and when participants have finished creating their piece they are rewarded with a gift voucher and included in an exhibition in Darwin in August 2017 also online. Prizes will be awarded in categories such as ‘most fabulous’, ‘most surprising’, ‘most strategic use of fabric’ and more. We have already had EOIs from potential participants from around the world. See our ever expanding Facebook album about the event here. For more information and details about how to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) send an email to director@injalak.com

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