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Gumnut Tassel Earrings by Yvonne Lewis

Gumnut Tassel Earrings by Yvonne Lewis

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Every spring and summer Ninuku women forage and clean tatu gum-nuts, quandong, and other seeds from the bush, which are painted to create beautiful jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Every piece is made by hand, by artists from Kalka, Pipalyatjara, and Irrunytju communities of the Tomkinson Ranges. Each piece has a unique motif, no two are pieces are ever the same. Gumnut Tassel Earrings are a favourite at markets and festivals, a portion of their profits also help support our daily lunch program for all artists. 

Materials: Made with sterling silver, stainless steel, and gold-plated French earring hooks. Nickel-free.

About the Artist

Yvonne Stacia Lewis was born around 1955 in the bush hear Docker River, Northern Territory. She belongs to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group. Her parents were married at the church in Warbuton and as a child she spent some time there learning English, hymns and bible stories. 

Yvonne has a strong aesthetic sensibility expressed through her painting, punu and tjanpi basket weaving. Her interest in colours, pattern and textiles is evident in her art practice. At one time she managed a second-hand clothing store at Irrunytju.

Evonne regularly goes on bush trips into the country with the minyma pampa (senior women) to hunt tinka (lizard) and perentie (goanna); gather bush foods and minkulpa (native tobacco); collect tjanpi (spinifex), punu (wood) and materials to make resins, linaments and organic dyes.