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Sacred Country Bauble Collection 2023

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Unique art inspired gifts
Supports Aboriginal artists
Meaningful gifts at great value
Celebrating Indigenous culture
Product Description

Immerse yourself in the profound beauty of Aboriginal Sacred Country with our exclusive 9-pack of Christmas baubles. Each bauble showcases intricate designs inspired by the ancient traditions and rich spiritual significance of Aboriginal culture. Elevate your holiday decorations with these captivating ornaments, celebrating the sacredness of the land.

This great value pack of our most popular Sacred country artworks from Aboriginal artists Michelle Possum, Khatija Possum, Annette Nungala and Pammy Foster. 

  • Size: 8cm
  • Pack of 9 baubles (not gift boxed)
  • Material: Foam, paper and epoxy resin
  • Gold string
  • A portion of each sale goes to the artist
  • Designed in Australia
  • Australian owned and operated
ARTIST & ARTWORK

All Artists Featured

This great value pack of our most popular Sacred country artworks from Aboriginal artists Michelle Possum, Khatija Possum, Annette Nungala and Pammy Foster.  Read about our Artists here

All Design Stories Featured in Sacred Country Baubles

Epenarra and View of country- Pammy Foster

 "When you go out bush you see all different flowers. You can pick them and smell them - some of them smell very nice."

Epenarra artist Pammy Foster uses bright colours to capture the landscape of the Davenport Ranges, Pammy builds textures with layers of paint, alluding to the rocky nature of the landscape, densely grouped green trees and flowering bushes cover the canvas suggesting the work shows the land in the rainy season.

Wutunugurra (Epenarra) is described by the Indigenous people as Hill Country, it is nestled in the foot of Iytwelepenty (the Davenport Ranges National Park). The area is home to the popular camping sites of Whistleduck Creek and Policeman Waterhole and a unique variety of birds, insects and bush medicine.

Pammy Foster is a Waramungu and Alyawarr woman born in Tennant Creek and raised between Ampilatwatja and Wutunugurra (Epenarra). She began painting from an early age, learning from her aunt Susie Peterson and her grandmother Jessie Peterson, both well-known artists from Wutunugurra. Pammy paints intricate pieces depicting the bush plants and landscapes of the Wutunugurra region. She is a devoted artist who will finesse a canvas until she is completely satisfied with her work, resulting in highly detailed and layered pieces

Grandmothers Country, Women's Ceremony and Ceremonial Place - Michelle Possum Nungurrayi 

The Dreamings that Michelle Possum paints come from Yuelamu on her home country at Mt Allan. These include the stories of Seven Sisters Dreaming, Bush Tucker stories including Seed Dreaming, Bush Coconut, Fire Dreaming, Goanna Dreaming, and Grandmother’s Country, many of which she combines together in complex interwoven designs.

Mainly depicting the overview of maps of traditional Country from her family lands, Michelle describes the many important cultural sites she knows well. Her paintings have gained wide popularity partly due to the fact that as we come to understand the iconography, the paintings make fascinating narratives for a western audience. They are populated not only with plants and food resources and waterholes, but also with people sitting in the landscape – men with hunting implements and women with digging sticks and coolamons.

In addition to sacred landmarks and iconography, MIchelle's artwork includes important bush tucker and waterholes, making a meaningful connection to modern kitchens, the source of such provisions.

Michelle Possum was born at Napperby Station, Northwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She was taught to paint by her father Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Clifford is the most renowned painter of the founding group of Papunya artists.

Michelle’s work has a strong connection to her father, family and land. Her paintings can incorporate strong figurative elements as well as important topography relating to her family's country, such as the abundance of food and water.

Women’s Dreaming, Seven Sisters & Salt Water Lake – Khatija Possum

The Women’s Dreaming paintings by Khatija Possum depicts Women’s ceremonial sites surrounding Tjukurla in the western desert of Central Australia – traditional homelands to the artist’s great grandmother. Ceremonial sites carry a deep spiritual meaning, and it is where the women narrate their sacred Aboriginal dreamtime stories, through song lines, dance cycles and body paint.

This painting has many secret and sacred landmarks and iconography but also includes the important fire, bush tucker and waterholes that are imperative to the women as the ceremonies can last for over a week.

Though primarily a landscape painting Khatija has surpassed the basic stories and landmarks and has expanded this art of body painting and ceremonial themes into a classic contemporary composition, using modern acrylic paints.

For Khatija Possum, painting is in her blood. A descendant of the famous Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Khatija has paved her own way and made a name for herself in the art world. Born in 1989 in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, she has been deeply influenced by her grandfather, Clifford Possum, and her mother, Michelle Possum Nungurrayi artwork. When Khatija was nine, her mother began to paint again and it was at this time that Khatija fell in love with her mother’s work and indeed painting. Through observing and assisting her mother Khatija learnt to paint. It is this process that highlights the importance of art in keeping culture alive as stories and skills are passed from one generation to the next.

As a mother herself, the importance of keeping her cultural heritage strong is of great consequence. Khatija currently lives with her partner John and three children in Adelaide.

Bush Medicine - Annette Nungala Peterson

 "This painting shows bush medicine after summer rain, and all the little dots represent stones and seeds. When rain time comes flowers grow again." 

Bush Medicine is a subject Annette Nungala Peterson returns to repeatedly in her painting, knowledge of bush medicine is taken very seriously in Indigenous culture and is often held by women. The science of bush medicine involves relationships with the Country, family, and a healthy way of life inherited by ancestors.

Annette Nungala Peterson was born at Neutral Junction Station in 1968, between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. She speaks Alyawarr and Kaytetye languages as well as English. Annette works at the Epenarra School where she dedicates her time to teaching language and culture to young ones. Annette started painting as a young girl and has re-invigorated this practice in recent years. Her subject matter varies between bush foods and the landscapes around Neutral Junction, which she paints with a rich and vibrant palette in her signature patchwork style.

OUR PROMISE

We passionately believe in making unique, special and delightfully different high-quality art-inspired gifts both affordable and accessible.

All Koh Living Artists are Australian based, and all design work is completed in Australia. Koh Living Founder Tui Cordemans personally selects all artists and oversees all designs with special focus always being placed on unique and meaningful designs with stories to be told.  Koh Living is a proud and active member of the Indigenous Art Code and practises ethical trading of Aboriginal Art.

Only the highest quality products are approved for sale by Koh Living with all manufacturers involved being either BSCI certified or complying with equivalent global social and compliance standards.  All manufacturing and logistics processes follow best practice guidelines and processes are regularly inspected.

SHIPPING AND RETURNS

Your order is normally dispatched from Koh the next business day, and each one has a tracking number so that you can trace where it is in the delivery process at any time.  During sale periods this may stretch to 3 working days. Between Christmas and the 2nd week in Jan your order will be dispatched within 3 business days as our dispatch elves take a well needed break.

In Australia we use Australia Post - Regular Parcel Post delivers in 3-5 days to Metro and 10 days to Country within your state, and 10+ days interstate. For Express Post - delivery is faster, but Australia Post cannot guarantee delivery timeframes like it used to pre COVID-19.  We are noticing delays of many days, and appreciate your patience as Australia Post works with it's increased volume and challenges. 

International deliveries may also experience delays in delivery.

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