Spotlight on Indigenous Craft and Design

Object Shop

ADC's retail space, Object Shop supports close to 100 makers and includes beautiful work by notable Indigenous artists and designers. Currently you can find in store the work of Nadeena Dixon, Suzy Evans (modernmurri), Lucy Simpson, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Lorraine Connelly-Northey and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Artists with Indigenous Jewellery Project.

Nadeena Dixon is a Wiradjuri/Yuin/Dharug Sydney based contemporary Aboriginal artist. Recognised as a master weaving practitioner within Indigenous Australian textile traditions, she has a strong focus on creating fibre sculpture works, incorporating object making within Indigenous symbology reflecting Indigenous knowledge.           

Find Nadeena’s handwoven bags and wall hangings in Object Shop.

modernmurri is a unique Aboriginal art studio based in Sydney. Founded by Suzy Evans in 2003 in Moree, NSW, it specialises in individually handcrafted homewares and accessories, where each product has been locally and ethically sourced with an environmentally friendly conscience. The modernmurri designs have been inspired by the local Gomeroi country and culture, but accented with a modern timeless twist to suit everyday life. 

Find modernmurri hessian pencil cases and fabric buttons in Object Shop.

Lucy Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay woman (northwest New South Wales) currently living in Sydney. She is the founder of design studio Gaawaa Miyay (river daughter) Designs. Through her contemporary work in design Lucy uses visual narratives to connect, share and celebrate aspects of language story, country and contemporary Aboriginal culture.

Find a range of Lucy's framed prints, produced by Corban and Blair in Object Shop.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council created to enable women in Australia's remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kilometres across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia.           

Find baskets and animal sculptures made by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers in store at Object Shop.
Also, explore the work and creative process of Tjanpi Desert Weavers artist Tjunkaya Tapaya in our current Exhibition, Obsessed: Compelled to make.

Lorraine Connelly-Northey is a Waradgerie mixed media artist who has become known for her oversized woven installations of fibre vessels. Her work reflects the practices of her Aboriginal mother’s Waradgerie country and other tribal boundaries, where people, still today, use fibre vessels to collect and carry in their daily lives. Lorraine does not use traditional materials in her work but uses instead recycled, found materials such as rabbit-proof fencing wire and corrugated iron collected from abandoned rubbish dumps.

Find Lorraine’s mini metal sculptures available for sale in Object Shop.
Also, explore the work and creative process of Lorraine Connelly-Northey in our current Exhibition, Obsessed: Compelled to make.

When you next visit the Object Shop be sure to check out a selection of necklaces remaining from the exhibition Bulay(i):Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Artists with Indigenous Jewellery Project and browse through ADC exhibition catalogues such as Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels and Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture


Visit the Object Shop on Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm or call us on 029361 4555 for any stock enquiries or special appointments.



Image: Martha Protty and Nyinku Kulitja at Docker River 2010, Photo by R Hammerton ©Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Womens Council.