Djomi (water spirit)

This fabric was created using the linocut printing technique. The lino tile has been carved by the artist in Maningrida, and has been printed by hand using a variety of colours and layers. The linocut technique ensures each textile piece is a one-off, limited edition piece.

Joy depicts the story of her ancestral dreaming the Djomi in her textile work, with permission from her djunguys (cultural caretaker) she’s able to tell her story through her magnificent design.

‘This Djomi is my dreaming, I got permission by djunguys to design Djomi, to tell my story of my dreaming, for me always ask my djunguys first to put design”

The Djomi dreaming is described to be a long lady spirit with fish like tales that comes from a water stream that flows out to the sea cliff of Maningrida. It is a known to be a women fertile water stream.
‘if you go there you can get pregnant, Djomi has babies, you can have babies’
Here are two Dreaming ladies– Djómi and Bábbarra. These two are sisters: one freshwater ‘mermaid’ and one saltwater one. ‘Babbarra billabong is inland, Djomi is near the saltwater’ – Joy Garlbin

Neon orange base cloth with pink, blue and white ink. This is a stunning piece of fabric that would look beautiful as a curtain or piece of soft furnishing.

This artwork has been sold.