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96/303/3 Textile length, 'Tapalinga' (Star, although the design is called Star and Moon), black screenprint on white cotton, designed by Danny Menkara about 1977 from an old bark painting, developed as screenprint by Ray Young in 1989, printed at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Au. Click to enlarge.

Textile length, 'Tapalinga' Tiwi Designs

Designed
Textile length, 'Tapalinga' (Star, although the design is called Star and Moon), black screenprint on white cotton, designed by Danny Menkara about 1977 from an old bark painting, developed as screenprint by Ray Young in 1989, printed at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, 1996.
Textile length of white cotton, with allover repeating design in black ink of small circles, each with a central dot, and linked by radiating lines, with the gaps filled by cross-hatching. The whole …

Summary

Object No.

96/303/3

Object Statement

Textile length, 'Tapalinga' (Star, although the design is called Star and Moon), black screenprint on white cotton, designed by Danny Menkara about 1977 from an old bark painting, developed as screenprint by Ray Young in 1989, printed at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia, 1996

Physical Description

Textile length, 'Tapalinga' (Star, although the design is called Star and Moon), black screenprint on white cotton, designed by Danny Menkara about 1977 from an old bark painting, developed as screenprint by Ray Young in 1989, printed at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, 1996.
Textile length of white cotton, with allover repeating design in black ink of small circles, each with a central dot, and linked by radiating lines, with the gaps filled by cross-hatching. The whole divided into large rectangular sections, divided by black bands containing white stars and crescent moons.

Dimensions

Width

1460 mm

Production

Notes

The idea for the design, by Danny Menkara (born 1955), came from a bark painting in Charles Mountford's book 'The Art of the Tiwi', published c1956. The design is known as Star and Moon, although Tapalinga literally means 'star'.
Tiwi Designs was set up as a screenprinting workshop by the Catholic Mission at Nguiu on Bathurst Island in 1971; the key artists at this time were Giovanni Tipungwuti, Bede Tungatulum, and Eddie Puruntatameri (who later made pottery). They had learnt block printing from Madaleine Clear from about 1969. Since the establishment of Tiwi Designs a number of outside artists worked as advisers and co-ordinators at Tiwi Designs, the current adviser being Kathy Barnes (see attached extract from Cochrane, cited below).

History

Notes

Selected by Grace Cochrane at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, October, 1996

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1996

Acquisition Date

3 September 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Textile length, 'Tapalinga' Tiwi Designs 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <https://ma.as/152415>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/152415 |title=Textile length, 'Tapalinga' Tiwi Designs |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=9 December 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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