This recycled silver hammer cuff bracelet is designed by Warlpiri Indigenous artist, Julie Nangala Robertson. Traditional Warlpiri designs utilize iconography to represent the 'Jukurrpa' (Dreaming), associated sites, and other elements, often shown through the short and sudden brush strokes depicted in this work. The flowing lines throughout the design represent 'ngawarra' (flood waters), while repeating small circles are used to illustrate soaks and river beds - further articulating the site of the Warlpiri people's Water Dreaming.
The site depicted in this painting is Mt. Farewell; 165 km west of Yuendumu, Australia. As the story goes, two Jangala men, rainmakers who sang in the rain, unleashed a giant storm at Mirawarri. A 'kirrkarlanji' (brown falcon) was believed to have carried the storm further west, travelling across the country from Karlipirnpa, a ceremonial site for Water Dreaming near Kintore. The storm eventually became too heavy for the falcon. It dropped the water at Pirlinyarnu, forming an enormous claypan. To this day, whenever it rains, hundreds of ngapangarIpa (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu, to help carry the storm.
Julie Nangala Robertson, born in Yuendumu in 1973, is one of five daughters to well-known, award-winning artist, the late Dorothy Napangardi. Since 1997, while often in the company of her talented mother, she pursued and developed a creative visual language of her own, which consists of a fascinating blend of stylized experimentation and ancient narrative. Now working alongside many other Indigenous artists at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Julie continues to create unique pieces of work for you to wear.
- Recycled sterling silver, hammered finish fittings
- 11mm x 150mm x .9mm
- Reverse yellow colour
- "Water Dreaming" design by Julie Nangala Robertson