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In the age of meaningless AI generated ‘art’ – it’s good to see Cricut (smart cutting devices) partner with real Indigenous artists Kyralee Shields a proud Dharug woman, Leah Cummins a proud Quandamooka woman, and Breanna Buttenshaw a proud Kalkadoon woman.

The trio is teaming up with Cricut to launch a collection of Indigenous art and NAIDOC Week inspired designs. All proceeds from design usage will be donated to Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Children’s Ground, both dedicated to the cultural and educational development of Indigenous communities.

“Cricut is honoured to to support and celebrate Indigenous artists, culture and designs within our design platform,” said Nicola Dow-Smith, ANZ Region Director, Cricut.

“These partnerships are demonstrative of our commitment to creativity, cultural appreciation, and inclusivity for Aboriginal and communities.”   

The Cricut Contributing Artist Program (CAP) allows designers to sell their images to the Cricut community, with more than eight million members worldwide. The artists’ designs are now available in Cricut’s extensive design library, via Cricut ANZ Designs official contributing artist page.  

Breanna Buttenshaw of Little Butten creates playful yet profound designs that reflect Indigenous themes. His works tells cultural stories through art, making significant contributions to the visibility and appreciation of Indigenous artistry.

“Working with Cricut for NAIDOC week is an exciting opportunity to bring our traditional art forms into homes worldwide,” said Breanna Buttenshaw, proud Kalkadoon woman. 

“It’s a celebration of our identity and a step towards greater visibility for Indigenous artists.” 

The program was first developed to welcome artists from around the world to apply and contribute original artwork to the ever-growing Cricut library.

Kyralee Shields is a renowned Indigenous artist celebrated for her contemporary interpretations of traditional Aboriginal art. Her work brings vibrant and culturally rich designs to a global audience, promoting the beauty and significance of Indigenous heritage. 

“This collaboration is a wonderful way to share our culture and stories through art,” said Kyralee Shields, a proud Dharug woman.

“Cricut’s platform allows our designs to reach a global audience, fostering greater appreciation and understanding of Indigenous heritage. Additionally, I am proud that our efforts will support both the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Children’s Ground, making a meaningful impact.” 

Seeing Indigenous artists being recognised and remunerated for their work is vital for up and coming artists.

Bunya Designs, led by Leah Cummins, specialises in merging traditional Aboriginal art with modern design. Leah’s creations are celebrated for their stunning beauty and meaningful representation of cultural significance.  

“It’s inspiring to see our art contribute to literacy and education in our communities,” said Leah Cummins, a proud Quandamooka woman.

“Partnering with Cricut and supporting the Indigenous Literacy foundation is a cause close to my heart.” 

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held across Australia 7th – 14th July. It’s a time to honour 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’. 

I’d also like to note that Image Matrix Tech is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated business.

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