One of Twelve has been promoting the work of contemporary artists and artisans from across the Asia-Pacific region since 2018. Born out of a passion for contemporary art and desire to promote practicing artists, One of Twelve translates the original artworks of collaborating artists into our signature collection of luxurious silk scarves and ties, providing a platform for artists to reach a broader audience and support themselves through their art practice.
"We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres, who play a vital role in sustaining remote communities, both financially and culturally. Art centres are community hubs–places where artists and their families (and camp dogs!) meet, paint, tell stories and pass on important cultural and ecological knowledge. One of our core objectives at One of Twelve is to increase public awareness of the crucial, often under-funded work these art centres do, and support them by providing an additional income stream."
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This is Bugai Whyoulter’s ngurra (home Country), the Country she walked with her family during pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling) times. Whyoulter’s works are mediators between past and present; ruminating on the practice of living symbiotically with Country and culture. Defying common perceptions of Western Desert art, Whyoulter’s work is bold and gestural. Her signature style is characterised by original mark making and riotous colour use in compositions at once fervid and tender.
Described as an irrepressible painter and brilliant colourist, Whyoulter’s work speaks of her intimate and profound connection to her Country. Whyoulter’s practice has been described as almost trance-like; the act of painting transporting her to important sites within her Country such as Wantili, near the place of her birth.
In Ngurra, Whyoulter guides us through the undulating tali (sandhills), warta (trees; vegetation) and waterholes she has traversed over the course of her life.
This work depicts Kulyakartu, a significant site in the far north of the Martu homelands. During pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling) times, Taylor and his family travelled to Kulyakartu in the wet season to take advantage of the vast grassy planes that made for excellent hunting.
Wokka and his brother Muuki, also an artist, are highly regarded senior Martu men. Together, they hold an encyclopaedic knowledge of Martu Country, including a deep understanding of the ecology and biodiversity of their land. In collaborative works, the brothers have been known to chart the intricate network of underground waters sustaining their Country.
Taylor’s signature style features densely layered dot work that flows rhythmically across the canvas, suggesting warm winds moving gently over sandhills or soft desert grasses. In this work, Taylor lovingly traces sinuous blue lines that snake their way across the plush grasslands of Kulyakartu, conjuring images of subterranean waters that support the fragile biodiversity of this site.
“When I was a little girl we walked everywhere, there were no motorcars then. Always walking, around and around, and around. This is a happy place for me. Looking after children, lots of rabbits, lots of maku (witchetty grub), lots of honey ants. We were really happy back then. This is a beautiful place.” – Molly Miller
In this painting, Miller depicts the rocky Country surrounding her birthplace, Wakapulkatjara, south east of Papulankutja (Blackstone) on the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands.
As she paints, Miller recalls her travels between Papulankutja and Mantumaru, traversing puli (rocky outcrops) and tali(sand hills) and stopping at rockholes related to her father’s Tjukurrpa (Dreaming).
The viewer becomes immersed in the painting’s gentle shifts in tone and form. There is no need to gain bearings. Through this work, Miller invites us to travel the contours of her Country beside her, appreciating the rhythmic nuances of her sprawling homelands.
One of Twelve ties are presented in a beautiful gift box accompanied by a card detailing the artists’ work and practice.