Djida is the morning light, the first songs of the birds as the day dawns. Djida is the name given by my father, it encapsulates the morning scenes of nature as the sunlight breaks forth to commence the beginning of a new day.
Kaya, I am Dana Garlett.
I am Whadjuk, Nyikina, Minang, Ballardong woman of Western Australia.
On my father’s side I am Whadjuk of the Swan Coastal Plains of Western Australia. The Swan River flows beyond the Darling Ranges in the east, through the Perth metropolitan area and extends to the Indian Ocean in the west which is Whadjuk country. My family connections stretch to the east in the wheatbelt region of the Ballardong people and south to the Minang people on the southern coast between Albany and Bremer Bay.
I am Nyikina on my mother's side, descendant of the Yimarrdoowara which means belonging to the Mardoowarra, the Fitzroy River. My grandmother and great grandmother were part of the stolen generation and were removed from their traditional lands of the Nyikina people located in the West Kimberley region. They made their home on Yamatji and Noongar country of Western Australia.
I live and work on my birth country, Whadjuk boodjar where I draw my inspiration and strength from. I am passionate about connecting and sharing my knowledge with others. I spend time teaching my son stories on country and learning contemporary ways of expressing culture.
On my travels throughout Australia I have had the privilege of meeting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when living on their country. Through those connections they have enriched my exposure to the cultural diversity that we have in Australia. This is what motivates me to create a quality product that leaves a lasting impression.
Each print tells its own unique story.
I’ve created these designs to spread joy, connection and culture.
My hope for Paperbark Prints is that through each design, all people can connect and learn more about Aboriginal Australia.