Jay Jurrupula Rostron
Belinj Jay is a Kune, Dalabon and Rembarrngga woman from the Barappa clan. For Kune people, like many others across Arnhem Land, the world is divided into two moieties: Duwa and Yirridjdja. These moieties are woven into the kinship system guiding a person’s relationships and responsibilities to their family and the environment. Every tree, animal, bird, and body of water can be identified as either Duwa or Yirridjdja and this moiety system extends to stories, songlines and dreaming.
Jay is a talented Maningrida artist who works with detailed linocut fabric, drawing and screen print at Babbarra Designs. Her work is exciting and portrays the ancestral stories of Namurre Boko (two brothers story) and Modjarrkki in her work. She loves to illustrate the plants and animals that live in the freshwater country around her fathers homeland of Korlobidahdah, Arnhem Land.
The Modjarrkki story belongs to the Barappa clan and is from the Duwa Country Dukala-djarranj and Kolorbidahdah located in the stone country of West Arnhem Land. The Songline and story has been passed down to Jay by her father (Dad’s brother) and is a true story, a story that really happened. This story is still practiced through bunggul during cultural celebrations and gatherings.
Jay has worked with a range of mediums including etching, linocut prints, Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative, Pandanus Coiled Basket, Pandanus Dilly Bag, Pandanus Sculpture, Seed Jewellery.
Fabrics for sale
Bolung and Mimih Spirit
Jabiru and Fresh Water Crocodile
Ngalkunburriyaymi (mermaid) Modjarrkki (Freshwater crocodile) & Namurre Boko (two brothers – Jay Rostron
Mimih and Freshwater Country
Namurre Boko and Mimih
Bolung and Jabiru
Modjarrkki and River fish
Namurre Boko (Two Brothers Story) and Modjarrkki
Namurre Boko (Two brothers story)
Modjarrkki (The Crocodile)
Mimih, Jabiru and Brolga
Namurre bokko (two brothers story)
Modjarrkki the crocodile
Ngalyod ( rainbow serpent) and Jabiru
Mimih & Namurre Boko
Modjarrkki (The crocodile)
Mimih and Modjarrkki
Modjarrkki & Namurre Boko
Ngalkunburriyaymi & Wayuk
Modjarrkki (crocodile story)