In an exciting first for the business, Kmart has launched the Waluwin Collection of homewares, in partnership with renowned First Nations artist, Judith Young. Her stunning designs grace a range of affordable pieces, including serving ware, pots, bedlinen, candles and a canvas print.
Homewares collection pays tribute to family and nature
With the debut of the collection, Judith hopes to inspire a deeper connection to country, promote good health and pay homage to her parents, who passed down their creative gifts.
Having grown up on the Sandhills along the Murrumbidgee River in Narrandera, her mother, Judith Williams (nee Johnson), was a watercolour artist and her father, Kevin Williams, was a boomerang and artefact maker. “I always remember going back to Narrandera and how Mum spoke about the beautiful wattle trees which bring yiing (joy) to the soul,” says Judith.
Waluwin means healing and good health
Waluwin is the Wiradjuri word for healing and good health, symbolised by the leaves Judith has used throughout the artwork. “Each leaf represents something different,” explains Judith. “Many Aboriginal people around this country will all have different varieties of plants and trees that they use to make them well and that is part of the diverse story we have as Aboriginal people.
“From this collection, I want people to know my work is about health, healing, joy and peace, speaking to the importance of healthy minds, bodies and spirit. This comes from connecting with country, eating well and listening to your surroundings.”
A true collaboration between Judith Young and Kmart
While it was a challenge at first for Judith to work with a big company and step out of her comfort zone, the development of the collection was a true collaborative process from the get-go.
Judith sat down with Kmart’s Indigenous Affairs Manager and the Kmart design team to teach them about icons and elements, family traditions, the importance of certain colours and markings, as well as showing them tangible items she had sourced from her country. The story behind each design and its connection to the land was truly understood and represented in the product.
“I felt respected and know that my story and that of my family has been honoured,” says Judith.
Judith’s wish is that, through this collection, everyone will have an opportunity to bring Waluwin into their home. Browse the full collection here.