Come on Toyota! Tea Towel by Nellie Patterson

Tjanpi Desert Weavers


Our Come on Toyota! tea towel features a screen-printed image based off a sculpture by Tjanpi artist Nellie Patterson of Mutijulu, Northern Territory. Printed on 100% french flax linen, the tea towel honours the quintessential Central and Western Desert bush car - the durable and robust Toyota Troopy. Scroll down to see images of Nellie with her artwork featured on this product, taken by Emma Franklin. This product was designed and produced in collaboration with Contain Design Studio.

Product Details:
Size: 500mm (W) x 700mm (H)
Fabric: 100% French Flax Linen
Fabric Colour: Arctic White/Off White

More on artist Nellie Patterson:
Nellie Patterson is an artist belonging to the Pitjantjatjara language and cultural group and lives in the remote community of Mutijulu, Northern Territory.

Nellie has had an exceptional and diverse career to date, not only through her woven art practice, but also painting, wood carving, performing, teaching, public speaking and more. Nellie took to weaving late in life after seeing women in the Western Desert communities making baskets. She quickly picked up the practice and soon became a proficient and skillful weaver. Nellie is known for making very large and ostentatious baskets. The strength, resilience and generosity of Nellie’s character is reflected in the robust and majestic pieces she weaves. Nellie exhibited her work at Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia at the Australian Centre for Craft and Design in 2005.

Nellie is a strong matriarch and highly respected law woman of Anangu culture. She is a traditional owner for Uluru and alongside her long-term involvement on the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Board, she has also been a pivotal political advocate for women’s issues, working closely with NPY Women’s Council for many years.