Known as “Purnululu” to the indigenous people of the region, and later known by Europeans as “The Bungle Bungles”, these ancient landforms are located in a remote region of Australia’s north west known as The Kimberley. It’s hard to get to, distances are long and rugged travelling, and though very expensive, flying over it is a very popular way for some to experience it. I haven’t been there yet though I have travelled over a lot of the Kimberley region, including all the towns mentioned on this location map.
The Bungle Bungles have long been depicted in Aboriginal art from the area, and the formation has become a familiar motif in collectable art in formats ranging from paintings to Tshirts, graphic logos and 3d sculptures.
I’ve been inspired myself. Back in 1993 I finished a quilt called Nightfall In The Bungle Bungles 155cm x 148cm part of which is shown here on the left. When finishing off this quilt, I went to a workshop by Nancy Crow at which I learned the basics of improvisational piecing which changed the whole way I piece fabric. If I’d left making NITBB until a month later, it would not have looked like a row of Egyptian pyramids 😉
Wherever you go in this area it is impossible not be be impressed with distance, remoteness and dramatic scenery including waterfalls gracefully falling over over towering cliffs into the clear refreshing pools at their base. Such cliffs inspired Kimberley 2, 1996, 110cm h x 70cm w, an irregular shaped peice photographed against a black background.
This morning I came across a call for entries for a textile art competition to be called ‘Kimberley Dreaming’ to be shown in Australia later in the year. The required format is 30cm x 30cm. I have some ideas gelling and enough time to put one or two into effect before the closing deadline – so I’m off to dig through my scrap bag for suitable fabrics to begin putting something together.