Memories of Country

MEMORIES OF COUNTRY  WORKSHOP – coordinated by Kirsten Smith with Bush Dye Artists and Bush Medicine Women Diane Chungal and Cherry Smiler

There are 2 separate workshops. Please note that our teachers will only be doing two workshop venues in Sydney during their NAIDOC Week visit. We are very, very lucky!


Saturday 14th July 11:00am – 3:00pm


Sunday    15th July 11:00am – 3:00pm

$125, which includes materials and dyes, morning tea, lunch and refreshments.


Phone: 0245 796579   Gallery

0409 661 662 Robyn

Memories of Country

Country holds layers of memory:                                                                                                                                                    We memorialise our countries with indigenous materials and patterns :                                                                              Connecting with our histories beneath

Join us at Purple Noon Gallery in Freemans Reach during NAIDOC week in 2018 to immerse yourself in the bush dyed silks and medicinal products of Bunuba and Gooniyandi textile artists of Fitzroy Crossing.

These bush dye and bush medicine makers are from remote and endangered communities on the banks of Marra Worra Worra (the last wild river in Australia).

Visit a 30 minute film of our mighty river Marra Worra Worra and see what we are up to on Instagram


What you will learn: 

Freshwater Fabrics – Marra Worra Worra to Deerubbin

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture for a day as we transform the beauty of Kimberley and Hawkesbury country into bush dyed art.

Diane Chungal and Cherry Smiler are bush dye and bush medicine women from two remote communities on opposite banks of Marra Worra Worra (Fitzroy River WA).

They will be introducing you to learning in the cultural way and sharing their wisdom about natural Kimberley dyes and medicines. They collect barks, leaves and rusty metals to create sumptuous colour and markings on cloth that are unique in Aboriginal art. The ladies will be telling the story of their journey in learning this artform and about the country from which it springs.

What to bring:

You don’t need to bring anything as we will provide dyes and silk on the day – feel free to bring small samples of cloth to test in the leftover dye.

Please bring sunscreen, hat and wear closed toe shoes for walking and being near fire

About the artists:

Diane Chungal

Bunuba woman Diane Chungal is known for her bush tucker and bush medicine knowledge – and her dyed silks from local plants that she finds around her Bungardi community in the Kimberley, Western Australia. There she wraps fabrics with rusted metals to make finely detailed wearable artworks.

Diane is also known for teaching Bunuba language at schools in Fitzroy Crossing and has been on the board of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre. She and her husband Patrick are regular harvesters, hunters and fishers around Marra Worra Worra and run their Walbirri Designs art business out of their community near Darngu (Geike Gorge).

Cherry Smiler

Gooniyandi woman Cherry Smiler’s hand block printed textiles are quickly snapped up in Fitzroy Crossing. Over the last few years she has also taken up bush dyeing and teaching of dyes to young people in her community Muludja on the edge of Fossil Downs Station on the Margaret River, a tributary of the Fitzroy.

She often works with Marnin Studio and Marra Worra Worra studios in Fitzroy Crossing to support her tribe of foster children and family of artists and teachers of the Gooniyandi language.

Other relevant information:

We will also be selling bush products at Barangaroo Blak Markets on Sun 8 July 2018.