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Introducing Ikuntji Artists

We’ve got some amazing new fabrics from Ikuntji Artists and wanted to do a little blog post introducing you to them. Ikuntji Artists is a not for profit and completely member-based Aboriginal art centre. Situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) with a population of around 150 people. Ikuntji has a board of seven Indigenous directors who all live and work locally.

You can find out more about them at www.ikuntji.com.au

We’ve now got a little range of their beautiful fabrics available by the metre online and in store!

PULI PULI BY KETURAH ZIMRAN

This design by Keturah Zimran depicts the natural rock formations (puli) found in and around Haasts Bluff.

 

WOMEN’S BUSINESS BY MAVIS NAMPITJINPA MARKS

This design by Mavis Nampitjinpa Marks shows the ‘Women’s Business Story’.

 

WATIYA TJUTA BY MITJILI NAPURRULA

In this design Mitjili Napurrula depicts her fathers Tjukurrpa, the ceremonial spear straightening in Uwalkari country (Gibson desert region). The Watiya Tjuta (Acacia Trees) are the trees that are used to make these spears. Uwalkari country is abundant with Watiya Tjuta, as well as sand hills and other plants. Mitjili paints the motif of the Watiya Tjuta, carrying on the recurring motif as her mother used to draw in the sand. Her mother passed on this Dreaming to her.

 

KURUYULTU BY EUNICE NAPANANGKA JACK

This design by Eunice Napanangka Jack depicts her father’s Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). It shows the country at Kuruyultu, near Tjukurrla in Western Australia.

 

ROCKHOLES BY ALICE NAMPITJINPA DIXON

This design by Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon depicts Takupalangu west of Kintore. This is Uta Uta Tjangala’s country, which he has painted throughout his career. Nampitjinpa paints her father’s country of rockholes (puli) and sandhills (tali). There is plenty bushtucker – mangilpa, which are little black seeds around. The road to Kiwirrkurra passes Takupalangu on the side.
Alice describes the big swamp of Takupalangu, in her Fathers country. Takupalangu is filled up with bush vegetables called mungilpa. When Alice was a small girl she travelled this country with her family. Her mother used to collect mungilpa and pummel it into dough which she made into damper. It is also a good place for hunting bush meat as the swamp is surrounded by rock hills.

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Javed got his PR + new website!

We are back! We hope everyone had a great New Year and holiday period. We’ve been a little quiet on social media as there has been lot’s of things happening behind the scenes that we can’t wait to share with you all soon!

Having said that, we only have the best news ever…(Insert lots of happy GIFs)

After 8 very long years Javed has finally got his PR Visa approved!!! It’s been a very long and tedious journey to get here but it’s finally happened and we couldn’t be happier. Publisher wouldn’t be Publisher without Javed and this means that everyone’s printing still gets done 🙂

More news; if you’re reading this right now then you’re actually on our BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Our new website has a bunch of functionality that we needed in order to keep growing that our previous platform did not have. If you’ve ever been on our previous website on a mobile you would’ve seen how incompatible it was (pictures all over the place, out of proportion pages and don’t even get us started on that footer!!). Our new website will be much more user friendly and functional.

We’re working on some AMAZ-ing new clothes at the moment so stay tuned but for now that’s all from us!

Enjoy the long weekend all.

 

We’re heading off to Europe!

Exciting news!!Mark and I (Steph) are off on our first overseas holiday together! We are off to Europe for 3 weeks and will be leaving Publisher in the capable hands of our amazing team, Javed, Remi and Nat.While we are away it will be business as usual for the most part but there are a few services that we will not be able to offer while we are away. 2 most important ones are:We will not be offering screen services from 3rd September until 4th OctoberThis includes stripping and exposing.We will

A Design Blog: How We Choose Colourways

Welcome to today’s blog! We will be going through how we choose colourways for our designs from inspiration, choosing ink colours to strike offs; the complete process.So when choosing new colours we always take into consideration the design, how many colours the design has and what the end product will be; wallpaper, t-shirt, dress, cushion etc.With all this in mind we go onto our very favourite; Pinterest! We always start our inspiration here. We search colour palettes, colour schemes, 80s,

‘Rum Corps’ – A New Design | Publisher Textiles

In today’s blog we thought we’d share with you the background and design process of our new design by Mark ‘Rum Corps’. Inspired by sugar cane, rum and its rich Australian history.It all started when we purchased a 60s styled drink cabinet and followed up with a purchase of the Tiki cocktail book by Smuggler’s Cove; Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki (http://www.smugglerscovesf.com/book)Our bar then officially turned into a Tiki rum bar. Rum is made in at least sixty countries all from

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SILK SCREEN PART 2: STRETCHING THE MESH

Thank you for all the great feedback on part 1 of this blog series! We really enjoy making these informative blogs and are glad that you’re enjoying them too. If you haven’t read part 1 you can do so here.Materials T2 screen printing mesh screen Cabot’s Cabothane Clear slow glue Monkey grip with angle on it Electric sander Electric stapler Process1. So continuing on from part I you should have a fully dry wooden screen frame. As you can see the excess glue has dried and formed a thick layer. We

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SILK SCREEN PART 1: MAKING THE FRAME

Today we are going to show you how you can make your very own screen frame out of wood. How to stretch the screen will be coming in a later blog but for now, onto what you will need for this project!MaterialsWe will be making a frame that fits an artwork up to 1.4m. For this you will need:- 2 pieces of wood (dimensions are 2.7m x 7cm x 3.5cm)- A drop saw- 4 clamps- Selleys Aquadhere Durabond Polyurethane Glue- Measuring tools i.e. a right angle ruler and tape measure- A trusty pen or pencilThe

Tales from a Print Room – Screws in Screens

Below Javed is drilling into the aluminium screen frame, we do it 10cm from each edge all the way through.As you can see below, all drill holes will line up. Making for a better print on a one rail system, as the feet will hit in the same spot for each screen. As seen below, we use 1/4 inch roofing screws as their thread goes from top to bottom, because we need two bolts to lock it onto the frame.Below bolt has already been wound onto screwNext bolt to lock the screw onto frameWe draw a straight

TALES FROM A PRINT ROOM – GLUING TABLES

Today we are letting you in on how we glue our tables. This method we found works best for our own water-based inks and we have perfected this method for ourselves through lots of trial and error. A quick disclaimer; what works for us may not work for you or the inks you screen print with so be sure to test thoroughly first.Note: if you use particularly thin fabrics like silk; if the ink seeps through it can potentially pull the stick off of the table and onto the fabric. This has happened to us

Bruce Goold x Publisher

Bruce Goold is a highly respected and renowned Australian artist. His work covers a range of influences and interests and has asserted its own unmistakable influences on Australian contemporary art and design. Bruce is particularly famous for his amazing linocuts and as a print designer for Mambo clothing in the early 90s but his work has encompassed a wide range of mediums that are both innovative and imaginative and always has a high degree of technical skill and creativity. Famous for his