Jina-Jina is an extension of the rich cultural heritage of the Yinjaa-Barni Artists evidenced in the artworks. Yinjaa-barni is Yinjibarni for ‘staying together’.
The art centre is a collective of Aboriginal artists who predominantly belong to the Yinjibarndi language group and whose ancestral homelands surround the Fortescue River and Millstream Tablelands. The prints are derived from deeply personal works of collective memory of the natural landscape, river systems and landforms of the Pilbara region in West Australia.
The art centre has a core group of women that support each other in strength and solidarity, thriving creatively as a collective. Jina-Jina was born from this holistic way of working; driving artistic innovation and cross generational collaboration.
“As an artist of Yinjaa-Barni Art was thrilled to learn that our artwork would be printed onto fabric and made into clothing.
To branch out into different to something that was different from just our paintings was is very exciting for us all. With this branching out its going to help keep us sustainable as we are going into times of hardship. We are looking forward to it going online.”
“I am very proud to have my artwork displayed on fabric. I am grateful that I can come and paint my bush tucker and talk about what we used to eat when we were growing up in the bush. And I am very proud to support Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre this is a design of bush potatoes.”