My Country Tote Bag by Alana Holmes
Australian made tote bag featuring art work by Aboriginal Artist Alana Ngwarraye Holmes
Take a beautiful central desert landscape with you wherever you go with this stunning Australian-made cotton tote bag, featuring licensed artwork by Alana Ngwarraye Holmes, an Indigenous artist who paints with Artists of Ampilatwatja, near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Alana Holmes’s My Country shows her traditional lands after the rain, when it may seem dry but the plant life is green and thriving. Featuring depictions of the flora and landscape of artist’s country in delicate layers of dots and cultural meaning, 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 Alana’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 Alana Holmes – with royalties from this product directly benefiting the artist and her community.
About the Artist
Skin name: Ngwarraye
Alana has painted her country after rain where the ground may seem dry but the flowers and trees are green and growing strong. Her layered landscape shows the trees and grasses of Alyawarr, Central Australia between Alice Springs and the Queensland border.
Alana comes from an artistic family, and has painted for many years, initially learning from her mother, Edie Holmes, a well-known artist of Ampilatwatja, and with her sister Joyreen also a well know painter. A mother of four, Alana’s time is precious, however she notes “I paint because I enjoy painting… We still paint and talk together in a family group with our kids.”
Alana has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including shows in Monaco, London and Paris.
About the Arts Centre
The Artists of Ampilatwatja community was established in 1999. Ampilatwatja is a small remote community between Alice Springs and the Queensland border. As a community, artists have made a conscious decision not to paint their ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories but instead focus on painting their country where those stories sit. Most of the Ampilatwatja artists paint strong bush medicine, demonstrating their ongoing deep connection to country and acknowledging that every plant and animal has a vital role to play within the ecological system. As is appropriate, paintings often depict both inside stories, for the culturally initiated, and outside stories – which impart a small amount of knowledge to the uninitiated.
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 Alana Holmes 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.
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.