Flora, fauna to inspire

June 14, 2017

Kaiela Arts artists making paintings at the lake L to R Cynthia Hardie, Tammy-Lee Atkinson, Victoria Webbe, troy Firebrace, Eric Brown.

Artists’ work will be used to create designs for 200m of printed linen.

Troy Firebrace busy creating ideas for the new Design Roots2 at Victoria Park Lake.

Kaiela Arts artists have been busy creating new work inspired by flora and fauna at the site of the new Shepparton Art Museum.

The project, titled Design Roots 2, follows on from last year’s launch of the indigenous art gallery’s Design Roots in which designs were printed on high quality linen and sold as cushion covers.

Gallery director Angie Russi said the new project has seen gallery artists working at Victoria Park Lake to create designs based on the natural surrounds of the planned SAM building at the southern end of the lake.

‘‘We want to create an awareness of the beauty of the lake and make inspiring art for people to bring into their living rooms,’’ Ms Russi said.

‘‘Our artists are connecting to the Victoria Park Lake environs before the building of the new SAM and our future home,’’ she said.

Kaiela Arts will move from its High St premises to a gallery at SAM, due for completion in 2020.

The Design Roots 2 project will collaborate with Spacecraft Studios in Collingwood to create 200m of printed linen to be used on a range of homewares or sold by the metre, leading up to Christmas.

Ms Russi said the project will be a chance for Kaiela Arts artists to learn screen printing skills.

She said an online funding campaign has been started, encouraging supporters to invest in the project.

The campaign aims to raise $10000 to help cover the project’s start-up costs.

Donation pledges will be rewarded with acknowledgements and project items.

Artists working on the project are Eric Brown, Auntie Cynthia Hardie, Tammy- Lee Atkinson, Troy Firebrace, Norm Stewart, Eva Ponting, Jack Anselmi and younger talent.

Artist and studio facilitator Mr Brown said the new work will be a chance to celebrate the future lake location of Kaiela Arts.

‘‘We want to show the spirit of the place and embed ourselves before the new SAM is built because it will be our new home,’’ Mr Brown said.

To support the project and pledge a donation, go to the Kaiela Arts Facebook page at

The crowd-funding campaign runs until June 29.

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