Alperstein Designs Dancing Wombat Keep Cup
Double walled mugs are a wonderful thing!
It's like a mug inside a mug so you can grab on as the outside of the mug won't get as hot as a normal style mug, These insulated porcelain mugs featuring artwork by Mick Harding (Ngarga Warendj - Dancing Wombat).
Insulated Porcelain Mug with Silicone lid and stopper.
Height (with lid): 12.5cm
About the Artwork:
Ngarga Warendj (Dancing Wombat) by Victorian Artist Mick Harding.
Womindjeka is what we say to friends and strangers when we welcome them onto our country. We offer them a gum leaf as their passport and they must observe Bunjils law. Bunjil the wedge tailed eagle is the creator spirit for the Kulin people.
The five gumleaves represent the five language groups that make up the Kulin Nation: Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungwurrung, Wadawurrung, and Djadjawurrung. The shields represent our individuality and the protection of our families. All the symbols are unique to South Eastern Australia and they demonstrate connection to our country.
About the Artist, "Mick Harding"
Belonging to the Yowong-Illam-Baluk and Nattarak Baluk clans of the Taungurung people, Mick Harding is an artist specialising in wood working, printmaking and giftware. For Mick, ‘art is a rainbow of many things’ and his own practice demonstrates this openness to innovative design. His company, Ngarga Warendj Dancing Wombat, is known for high-quality products that are produced by hand or through ethical licensing agreements.
Mick is also a cultural educator and his commitment to knowledge is reflected in the cultural narratives that inform his works. For his wooden objects, the wood is sourced from the very same site as the story inscribed onto it, demonstrating and connecting the poetics of story and place. Mick notes the importance of his art making as a way to be both culturally and financially independent.
His art is also for his children and community and he says that buying genuine products from Indigenous artists ‘puts money into our pockets and into our communities - we are closing the gap ourselves.’