Indigenous Artists Launch Design Collection with Cricut ahead of NAIDOC Week

5 July 2024

Cricut has partnered with Indigenous artists; Kyralee Shields a proud Dharug woman, Leah Cummins a proud Mayi Kulan and Kalkadoon woman and Breanna Buttenshaw proud Kalkadoon woman, to launch a collection of Indigenous designs on the Cricut Design Space platform. All proceeds of design usage will be donated to Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Children’s Ground, both dedicated to the cultural and educational development of Indigenous communities.

This collaboration brings a rich cultural heritage of Indigenous art and traditions into the hands of millions of creators worldwide. These designs not only celebrate Indigenous culture, but every use, will also contribute to the educational and cultural development of remote indigenous communities. The artist’s designs, inspired by Indigenous stories and symbolism, are now available in Cricut’s extensive design library, via Cricut ANZ Designs official contributing artist page.

Kyralee Shields said; “Ngurrawa translates to On Country in Dharug – that artwork shows Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River), the Mountain for the Blue Mountains and the meeting circle representing community here on Dharug Ngurra. The Ngurrawa Arch design also symbolises Dharug Country with the kangaroo tracks paying homage to my clan, the Boorooberongal people. The arch shape symbolises mountains and the meeting circle featured symbolises community. The Meeting Circle design represents community.”

Breanna Buttenshaw said; “These two designs are to celebrate this year’s NAIDOC theme: Keep the Fire Burning. This year’s theme is all about the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our communities. This design is about empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to keep going and stand tall in their pride for Culture and Country. This design is also ally friendly, as allies play an important role in our journey to ensure that everyone is safe and supported to be proud in their Culture.”

Leah Cummins said; “it’s inspiring to see our art contribute to literacy and education in our communities. Partnering with Cricut and supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a cause close to my heart.”

The Cricut Contributing Artist Program (CAP) allows designers to sell their images to the Cricut community, with more than eight million members worldwide. The program was first developed to welcome artists from around the world to apply and contribute original artwork to the ever-growing Cricut library, to ensure there are designs that reflect the growing diversity of members, languages, occasions, seasons, and reasons! Artwork from CAP artists is available to all Cricut Access subscribers at no added cost. All other Cricut members can purchase their artwork a la carte.

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia 7th – 14th July to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. The 2024 NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud’.

Get inspired to make and keep the fire burning this NAIDOC Week with this tote featuring Bunya Designs art in Cricut Design Space. Check it out here or search ‘Bunya’ or #M505DEF80.