ABC Alice Springs reports on Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon’s win in the Gorman Colab Competition.
“Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon is no stranger to painting popular artworks but next year, as well as enjoying her paintings, people will be able to wear them as part of a new collaboration with well-known women’s clothing brand Gorman.
Ikuntji Artists, an art centre based in the remote community of Haasts Bluff, confirmed Ms Dixon’s work was chosen as one of the winners of the Gorman Clothing collaboration competition out of 3,000 entries.
Ms Dixon’s brightly coloured depiction of her Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) shows the porcupine man travelling around Talaalpi, west of Kintore, looking for ants.
“Meanwhile tracking behind him are women out hunting, hoping to make the porcupine their tucker for the evening,” the certificate of authenticity reads.
“These holes ﬁll with water, the rain and the morning dew, [and] over many years they have become rock holes.”
Artist Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon’s painting ‘Tjilkamala — Porcupine rockhole’ will be featured in a Gorman clothing collection next year.(Supplied: Ikuntji Artists)
The win means a capsule collection featuring the artwork will be available in 2021.
Ms Dixon said she was happy that her painting was chosen, and it will make her proud to see people wearing it.
The fashion brand’s founder, Lisa Gorman, said since visiting Fitzroy Crossing and the Mangkaja Art Centre last year she had found herself increasingly drawn to Aboriginal art and culture.
“Alice’s work not only spoke to me because of her use of colours, from a point of design and composition, but also for its strong storytelling elements,” Ms Gorman said.
“The textiles team and my process of selection involved researching each artist we had short-listed, and the story of this piece and of Alice’s life interested us greatly.
“We knew it would make for an incredible collaboration…”