Wajijapi at Darwin Art Fair
The Pirlangimpi Women’s Centre (Wajijapi) had a stellar year this year at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) in August with record breaking sales.
Renowned artist Aly de Groot was spent a week with Wajijapi earlier in the year, and for the first time we were able to showcase eco-dyed clothes and pandanas jewellery at DAAF. We also spent a week with ladies from Darwin Patchworkers and Quilters Inc. (DPAQ) leading up to the art fair, to teach the ladies at Wajijapi how to start making quilts and sew other homewares.
This week was probably the most fun we have had all year and both parties are excited with the prospect of this collaboration between the Women’s Centre and DPAQ becoming an ongoing arrangement. Big thanks to Nicky Honan, Alison McShanag and Jennifer Molloy from DPAQ who kindly volunteered one week of their time. The quilt made by DPAQ and Wajijapi was the most popular at DAAF and was raffled off, with the lucky winner Tiwi local, Josephine Burak.
Many regular customers who saw the stall were impressed with the professional set-up, increased variety and colourful array of products available.
Our stall even got a mention in the local newspaper. Great job to all the ladies at Wajijapi for all your hard work and Fiona Puruntatameri, Bernadette Puruntatameri, Darren Lorenzo and Maybelle Bourke who managed our stall.