Marnin is the Walmajarri word for women and this unique design studio has emerged from the innovative work of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre (MWRC) in Fitzroy Crossing in the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia.
Located on Bunuba Country, MWRC works with women and families from the Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wangkatjungka, Walmajarri and Nyikina language groups to provide vital human services such as legal support, world class child care, high profile advocacy and shelter from violence.
The role taken by MWRC in the implementation of alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing and its ground breaking research into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has seen the Centre recognised nationally and internationally as a leading First Nation agent of change.
In 2013 MWRC seeded an ambitious Social Enterprise Program, supporting women to turn the things they love to do into projects that make money. This program evolved into the Marnin Studio - based at MWRC and driven by the vision of local women artisans.
Today the Marnin Studio continues to grow through strategic partnerships and by connecting women locally, nationally and internationally through the creation of exquisite block and screen-printed textile products and hand painted boab nuts.
Products from the Marnin Studio are contemporary in design but based in the women's deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community. A Designer and Artist in Residency Program has grown the artistic integrity of the program through working with the studio participants to create products that are deeply studied and designed as a collection of works. There is inspiration and a great sense of pride developed through this process, as participants begin to realise and actualise the opportunities for educating others about their culture, through visual stories on products that travel around the globe.
“Marninwarntikura exists today on the shoulders of remarkable women from the Fitzroy Valley…It is because of their past actions that the Women’s Resource Centre occupies its central position, delivering vital human services across this remarkable region” – June Oscar AO
Courtesy of Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Lot 284 Balanijangarri Road
PO Box 43
Western Australia, 6765
Phone: (08) 9191 5284