Now available from Dookal Merchandising are these beautiful lens cloths. Developed for Wupa’s 10 year anniversary, the cloths are based on artworks by two of our Wupa artists (Country by Denise Hedges and Hunting Mud Crabs by Steven Campbell). These lens cloths make wonderful Christmas gifts for family, friends and staff. Practical, long wearing with designs by authentic Indigenous artists, they can be used for cleaning any optical surface from glasses to computer screens (including smart phones and tablet devices).
Each lens cloth comes packaged with the story of the artist and a summary of what inspired the artwork. Lens cloths can be purchased from Ungooroo (see Ungooroo’s Contact Us page for details).
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
COUNTRY BY DENISE HEDGES
Country, by Denise Hedges is inspired by Denise’s love of her traditional Wanaruah land and her respect for Aboriginal culture in all its forms.
Denise was born and raised in Singleton in the Hunter Valley just as her ancestors were before her. Denise is a local Wanaruah elder, often called on to do a traditional Welcome to Country at local events.
Denise and her family have a close cultural tie to the land of the Wanaruah people, a connection that Denise expresses through her art. As an artist Denise has a strong sense of colour and lines that resonate with her cultural background.
Denise has been painting for many years and uses her art to share her love of her culture. Through her teaching of art Denise is able to educate others on the richness of Aboriginal life in the Hunter Valley – both past and present.
HUNTING MUD CRABS BY STEVEN CAMPBELL
Hunting Mud Crabs is inspired by Steven Campbell’s years on the Nambucca River where, on the full moon at low tide, he would go crabbing amongst the mangroves.
Born of a Dhanggati father and Gumbaynggirr mother, Steven Campbell spent his formative years in the Numbucca region (the lands of the Gumbaynggirr Nation). As a Gumbaynggirr man, Steven learnt some of his language from his great grandmother and was taught to paint by cousins and uncles.
Steven has been painting since he was 15 years of age. His art connects him to family, country and culture. It helps define him and provides him with a sense of wellbeing.
From his grandfather Steven learnt to make tools and boomerangs which he paints. Steven’s art also extends to clothing (he has designed several football jerseys) and other artefacts.