TEA TOWEL: Margaret Mara 'Mangroves'; Blak Flair
Screen printed tea towel based upon Margaret Mara's 2009 etching Mangroves.
50/50 cotton/linen, printed in Far North Queensland, Australia.
Artist: As a mother of eight and grandmother to four, Margaret Mara’s painting ability is obviously coupled with a talent for time management. Working around a busy schedule, Margaret, born 1966, produces a steady flow of paintings for exhibition. In 2005 she became frustrated and unsatisfied with realist painting and found comfort with a more contemporary and abstract style. Drawing inspiration from the immediate events in her life, Margaret reflects on many other areas as inspiration: the environment, family stories, living in the Cape, emotions and anything else that has direct effect on her as an individual. Belonging to an extremely creative family from the Weipa region, Margaret’s desire to establish her artistic career as a full-time profession seems a natural progression. Margaret has paintings in many private collections nationally and internationally, and in the collections of businesses such as Rio Tinto, and the Queensland Public Service Office in Brisbane.
Artwork story: I was inspired by memories over the years clambering through the mangroves searching for mud crabs and akul. I have always found the mangroves mysterious and find them fascinating.
Blak Flair is a KickArts creative merchandise project that has been generously supported by the Christensen Fund. The project aims to develop a collection of merchandise that portrays the work of Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland, to promote their work and cultural importance to the broader community.