Mina Mina Dreaming Tote Bag by Judy Watson

Australian made tote bag featuring art work by Aboriginal Artist Judy Napangardi Watson

Take the vibrancy of the Central Desert with you wherever you go with this stunning Australian-made cotton tote bag, featuring licensed artwork by Judy Napangardi Watson a celebrated Indigenous artist who paints at Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperation in Yuendumu, north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Judy Watson’s Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) is about a significant cultural site west of Yuendumu where a key dreaming story for Napangardi and Napanangka women begins. Featuring traditional journey iconography and a fresh bright palette that pays homage to the vibrant colours of the central desert, this gorgeous tote is a beautiful and practical gift for art lovers, and perfect to post to friends and family overseas.

Measuring a handy 40cm square with a 16cm gusset and shoulder length handles, your tote bag is big enough for trips to the market, yet small enough to keep in your handbag to carry home last -minute purchases. It is 100% cotton and made in Australia with Judy’s art-work digitally printed on both sides.

  • 100% cotton for easy care
  • Made in Australia
  • Tote measures a generous 40cm x 40cm with a 16cm gusset
  • 60cm long shoulder straps for convenience
  • Licensed artwork by Judy Watson – with royalties from this product directly benefiting the artist and her community.

About the Artist

Judy Napangardi Watson (1925–2016) was a senior Walpiri painter based in Yuendumu, almost 300 km north-west of Alice Springs, painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. A mother of ten, Judy grew up in a very traditional way and was known for her formidable energy and love of colour.

Judy started painting in her late 50s, taught by her sister Maggie Napangardi Watson, already a celebrated artist, but quickly developed her own style.

In the 1980s, together with her sister and other senior women painters, Judy began to boldly experiment with colour and challenge men’s dominance of acrylic painting in the Central Desert – mixing new colours and developing a distinctive style of high contrast colours and heavily textured paint with a ‘dragged dot’ style.

Known for her life-affirming bold palettes, Judy’s work references her ancestral country at Mina Mina, near the border of the Tanami and Gibson deserts and women’s dreamings associated with her country.

Her work is held in collections around the world, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Gordon Darling Foundation, Flinders University Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, South Australian Museum, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia.


About the Arts Centre    

Not-for-profit Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu, NE of Alice Springs, is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia, established in 1985. Warlukurlangu Artists supports over 600 artists in the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.

Royalties from this product directly benefit the artist’s family and community.

Please note that artwork placement does vary slightly and each tote will be unique.


Can I wash my tote bag?

Yes, care instructions are included on the label. We recommend a warm hand wash and a warm iron on the reverse if required.

How do I know Judy Watson and her family are actually benefiting when I buy this tote bag?

This tote bag is made under license, with royalties paid to the artist for each item sold. Manufacturer Alperstein Designs works closely with artists from a number of Aboriginal arts centres throughout the licensing agreement and manufacturing process to ensure artists are happy with the quality of items carrying their art work, as well as how their art work appears on licensed products. Ongoing royalties are paid to artists in line with licensing agreements which are renewed periodically with Artists and Art Centre staff. Alperstein Designs is a member of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, and a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code. Artists always retain copyright ownership of their artwork, and information on the artist is included with each item.

Gifting Tip:

Why not combine your tote with a pair of earrings for a beautiful Australian gift that is easy to post. You can browse our earrings collection here.