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An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book
By Ros Moriatry
An all-ages colouring-in book based on Australian Indigenous artworks from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive.
Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime.
The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world's oldest continuing culture.
The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive, an iconic collection of art, design and objects created by Sydney-based design studio, Balarinji. Ros Moriarty and John Moriarty established Balarinji in 1983; since then it has become recognised worldwide for covering Qantas aircraft in Aboriginal designs. The Archive is held by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
About the Author
Ros Moriarty was born in Devonport, Tasmania and moved to Canberra when she was 17 to study University. A former journalist, Ros has spent most of her professional life design business she established with her Aboriginal husband, John, in 1983. She is also co-founder and Managing Director of the not-for-profit Nangala Project.
In 2012 Ros founded the Indi Kindi early literacy programme for babies to five-year-olds, to help remote-region Aboriginal families change life opportunities for their children. Ros was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2014 and named Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015. She is also the author of several award-winning books, including her memoir, Listening to Country, and four children's books.
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A beautiful book which was a wonderful resource in helping me teach a class about patterns and images in Aboriginal art work. Stunning images and I love how one is coloured in and one is left for us to colour in. The kids had a wonderful time with these images.
The images in this book are so lovely and provide many hours worth of colouring. The only issue I have found is that if using coloured markers, the ink runs through, meaning the image on the back is damage/cannot be used.
I bought this to send to family in Ireland and it is just lovely. They will find this very special.
Whether you colour in the images or just appreciate the collection of Art this is a nice book.