International Women’s Day is when we celebrate being women and acknowledge the challenges we face and often overcome. These Aboriginal artists lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle before the “white fella” found them in the desert. Given the lack of valuable resources and remoteness of the Warlpiri land the skin groups were mostly left to continue their life unhindered. However, some were pressed into domestic servitude as well as experiencing violence at the hands of the white settlers. The Coniston massacre was amongst some of the worst violence visited upon them seeing many retreating to place like Mt Theo to hide.
The spirit the Warlpiri people retained despite the harshness of the new life thrust upon them has passed onto future generations. Judy ( in the forefront) was instrumental in retaining knowledge of Country by sharing her life stories and Mina Mina Dreaming with the younger children. She was the embodiment of strength and wisdom who became an internationally renowned artist despite all the challenges she and other Warlpiri woman faced.
This painting reminds us of the the colours you find in a Van Gogh - the glorious yellows in the still life works “Sunflowers” and the colour of “Irises”.
It is of course the Australian outback with its ever changing shades as the sun moves through the day altering the colour of the plants and rocky outcrops.
Margaret Kemarre Ross’s family have been outbush for thousands of years collecting bush medicine from their Alyawarr land. Alyawarr is a rich botanical garden for its inhabitants. Each flower serves a medicinal purpose. The little purple ones, for example, can be used for the flu as well as easing kidney pain. When mixed with water the pink ones help with sore eyes and the yellow ones are used to wash their skin.
While expressing her passion for bush medicines paintings also serves to communicate her love of Country as it “keeps culture strong”.
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telescopestyle, the destination inspired product range is complimented by a carefully curated selection of unique and vintage items, each with a distinct connection to a place, country or culture. By sourcing innovative designer-makers both here and abroad, they’re creating a global style map, charting decorative aesthetics and artisanal craftsmanship the world over, often reimagined with a fresh, modern twist.
Annabel, the force behind Telescope Style found us at our first trade fair the London Design Fair, Tent London in 2016. She immediately fell in love with our ‘My Country: design with origin’ Aboriginal interiors collection and as a result our wallpapers are now represented on Telescope Style with many other great, emerging brands. In the coming weeks telescopestyle will be featuring sharing more of our story so you can sign up for their newsletter on the link below for more news.
Two of our incredibly talented artists who are painfully shy sit outside the art centre where they gather their painting materials before disappearing to paint. On their return they saunter in, often barefoot in clothes, they choose for colour and pattern, clutching exquisite completed works depicting the bush tucker and medicine of their Country. When we visit they are intrigued as to which work we choose to sell or translate into wallpapers. The painting on the art centre wall is inspiring us to upscale the next wallpapers in the collection!
It is a huge privilege to work with these women who empower us through their tenacity, fortitude and innate talent. Funds from each wallpaper goes to them and other artists in the Community providing painting materials, healthcare, transport and schooling in both Aboriginal and Western cultures helping to bridge the gap.
The wallpapers are available from our Cotswolds gallery or online at www.baygalleryhome.com
Following our Decorex International 2018 debut Bay Gallery Home collaborated with Dudgeon Sofas using our ‘My Country’ Ruth Blue velvet to upholster one of their signature ottomans. Dudgeon, a family run business have been making hand-made top quality upholstered furniture since 1947.
The Ruth Blue velvet ottoman is currently a key piece in their Fulham showroom so please contact Dudgeon Sofas www.dudgeonsofas.com or www.baygalleryhome.com with any queries regarding this piece or bespoke work using our fabrics.
Bay Gallery Home brings you our My Country Ruth Blue, Red and Pink cotton velvet collection. As the latest edition to our award winning Aboriginal interiors collection we have chosen Aboriginal ‘Goanna Dreaming’ paintings by Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer selected on our last trip to the Central Desert communities we represent.
My Country embodies the Dreamtime stories still followed by this ancient culture for use in the every day.
One of the the four interiors surfaces (wallpapers, rugs, ceramic wall tiles and fabrics), My Country references the Aboriginal philosophy and creative process, whereby all of creation is in relationship, at one with the land. The original artworks' particular provenance and symbols - inspired by mapping myths, rituals and sacred topography - results in a compelling, versatile aesthetic with a most subtle compositional depth of field, imbuing spaces with wider horizons of the imagination.
Our designers used techniques combined with high-res scanning process to accurately match every detail and color of the artists’ paintings.
The beauty and quality of our velvets reflect the origins of indigenous creative process and high-quality materials and British manufacturing skill.
We also offer a bespoke Made to Order service as well as selling the velvets by the metre.
Photography by Annabel Smith Interiors
Made by Kelli J Angell
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It was a real honour to launch the new wallpaper editions to our ‘My Country’ design with origin Aboriginal interiors collection at Decorex 2018 amongst much admired brands including Timorous Beasties, Rapture & Wright and Thibaut. Bay Gallery Home delights in people coming across it for the first time and there was no shortage of enraptured people on our stand at Decorex 2018.
The artists we represent continue to explore the bountiful botanic aesthetic of the Australian outback sharing with us paintings of exquisite detail. We strive to replicate the painting as close to the original piece as possible thereby retaining the integrity of the artists original purpose when executing it.
Each roll sold funds the art centre and artists whose work we use. The wallpapers are manufactured in the UK. You can buy through our website under Interior/Wallpaper where you will find all the specifications for our coated non-woven wallpapers
Bay Gallery Homes’s Michelle Blue wallpaper is featured in the October edition of the World of Interiors amidst a sea of beautiful fabrics. We launched three new ‘My Country’ botanical wallpapers last week at Decorex: Betty Pink, Joycie Yellow and Daisy Brown.
Bay Gallery Home is launching three new wallpapers at Decorex, Syon Park 16-19 September 2018 in addition to our existing core collection.
We have 10 VIP passes to give away so get in touch if you'd like to visit our stand and we'll issue you with a VIP pass. We'll be having a drinks reception on Tuesday 18 September from 1800-2130 and would love to have interior designers, specifiers and retail outlets join us.
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Thank you Lux Life Magazine Leading Designers Awards for our Award for Excellence in: Homeware & Accessory Design for our 'My Country' Aboriginal interiors collection.
"The 2018 Leading Designers Awards have been designed to recognise the companies, teams and individuals who are excelling in this ever-growing industry – those who set the highest standards by pushing creative boundaries within the industry of architecture and interior design." Lux Life Magazine
We'd also like to thank the hugely talented artists whose paintings we choose and transform into interiors products.
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Bay Gallery Home recently wrote a feature article about Aboriginal art for London based I-M Magazine (Intelligent Magazine for Inquisitive Minds). An excerpt is available online with the full article published in the new issue now available at all good outlets including Harvey Nichols, Holland Park News, Princess News and Wardour News. The article serves as an introduction to Aboriginal art giving the reader a brief history of Aboriginal art and a broad insight into the different styles and areas the art hails from.
Bay Gallery Home has been shortlisted in 3 categories for the So Glos Gloucestershire Awards including Homes & Interiors Business of the Year, Independent Business of the Year and as a founding member of Tetbury Edit nominated for Shopping Destination of the Year.
We would love to win any or all of the awards so please vote for us by 30 April 2018. Winners are announced 16 May at a champagne reception hosted by So Glos in Gloucester.
It's the time of year we head back to Australia either on sourcing trips or to connect with others in the Aboriginal art and design sectors. The bulk of our time will be spent in Sydney and Brisbane where we'll meet with interior designers and visit Aboriginal art exhibitions including Weave at the Australian Museum, Sydney.
If you'd like to meet to discuss our My Country interiors collection please get in touch with email@example.com.
Bay Gallery Home wishes you all a Happy Easter. We'd also ask you to please vote for us in the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards in the following categories we've been shortlisted for: Independent Shop of the Year, Home & Interiors Business of the Year and Shopping Destination of the Year @soglos.com/awards/vote
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We are proud to announce we've been shortlisted for three categories in the So Glos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards including Independent Shop of the year, Homes & Interiors Business of the year and as part of Tetbury Edit for Shopping Destination of the year.
Please vote for us in all the categories on www.soglos.com/awards/vote
Next week we're off to the third Sotheby's Aboriginal art auction where they'll be offering artefacts and art from the 18th century to the present. Master artists from central desert communities on sale including abstract expressionist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, most famous for her record breaking 'Earth's Creation', Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri and the Prince of Wales (Midpul).
The auctions have had mixed results with some records being reached but works like those of Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri 'Tingari Cycle'[s] not meeting expectations. Whereas Michael Nelson Jagamara’s iconic Five Stories, 1984, sold for £401,000 far above its estimate in September 2016.
Naturally the prices for these works far exceed what you would find at Bay Gallery Home. It's our desire to bring beautiful, quality Aboriginal artworks to the UK with prices accessible to the many not the few.
Bay Gallery Home is working hard on creating 'Songlines' our first collection of fabrics based on paintings by artists we proudly represent. We have developed the world's first Aboriginal velvets available in three colours with slightly differing depictions of the Goanna Dreaming (Warnu Jukurrpa) - essentially a love story set in the Central Desert of Australia. In keeping with our 'design with origin' ethos we have been faithful to the original artwork in the design work thereby protecting the Dreamtime story and the intent of the artist. Keep an eye on the website over the next month or so as beautiful tableware, blinds and cushions will be amongst our first offerings.
We have recently built a Testimonial page under our About section on the website. If you have bought from us and would like to give us some feedback please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your comments to our site.
We send products all over the world ensuring they are all the best quality and safely packaged and as such we've never had anything returned, which we're very proud of.
If you intend to buy from us but are mulling over which wonderful Bay Gallery Home item to buy please keep our Testimonial page in mind should you go ahead with purchasing from us.
We're off to Surface Design at the Business Design Centre in Islington today. We have three new wallpapers under development so will be meeting with various collaborators at the show to discuss these and other exciting plans we have. It's always good to see developments in the surfacing world and where our new products might find their place market. Wish list is to work with Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels who, among others has worked with A Rum Fellow who we admire greatly.
Below you can see a sneak preview of our 'My Country - Yellow' available soon.
'My Country' - Blue wallpaper depicting Kangaroo and Pigweed, found all over the Central Desert looking beautiful with chinaware designs by the world renowned artist Murdie Nampijinpa who paints Two Dogs Dreaming. Murdie is one of the elders sometimes known as the "first contact" group who lived a nomadic traditional lifestyle with their families before the "white fella" made contact. This generation performed ceremonies that, in some cases, are no longer performed but the Dreamtime stories are still told so subsequent generations can maintain their language and connection to the land - their Country.
Original artwork by Murdie is available from www.baygalleryhome.com. These paintings were selected on our last visit to the outback. There's a rawness, depth and spirit to them that speaks to you from thousands of years ago.