by Tait & Willie Weston
Australian outdoor furniture design house, Tait, are thrilled to reveal Woven Skies, a collaboration with Willie Weston, who works with Indigenous artists to create textiles for contemporary environments.
The collaboration integrates the work of Indigenous artists with Tait’s iconic Australian designed and manufactured outdoor pieces. Printed on high-performance outdoor fabrics, the designs celebrate stories of connections to native plant life and seasonal changes, and feature across Tait’s relaxed lounging and dining families.
In producing their fabrics, Willie Weston engages artists from Indigenous owned arts centres throughout some of the most remote parts of Northern Australia - including Fitzroy Crossing, the Tiwi Islands and Ampilatwatja. The artists are paid for each metre of fabric produced, as well as receiving a share of Willie Weston’s net proﬁts at the end of each ﬁnancial year. This scalable and ongoing fee structure provides artists with regular income streams outside their main art practice. As part of launching the collection, Tait has chosen to authentically support Indigenous communities by donating to the work of
Indigenous not-for-proﬁt organisations, Children’s Ground and Agency Projects.
With growing momentum around the importance of biophilic design (better connecting people and nature through design), Woven Skies enhances outdoor living with relaxed, informal, and low maintenance outdoor lounging and dining. Each Willie Weston fabric faithfully reproduces the artist’s hand, with only minimal interventions made in order to adapt artworks into repeating designs and develop colour ways. As a result, connections to country are evidenced in each design, retaining their inherently hand-produced, organic nature.
‘Sugarbag Dreaming’ by Rosie Ngwarraye Ross celebrates the honey made by native bees in central and northern Australia, colloquially named ‘sugarbag’. Sugarbag also refers to sweet nectar from the yellow flowers of the ‘tarrkarr’ tree, found around Rosie’s community of Ampilatwatja, approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. Sugarbag Dreaming was developed in partnership with Indigenous owned art centre Artists of Ampilatwatja.
‘Pandanus’ by Osmond Kantilla represents the leaves of the pandanus plant, found all over the Tiwi Islands. Kantilla created this design in memory of his father – Pandanus is his father’s clan group. Kantilla’s family follow the steps of the Pandanus clan when they dance for ceremony. Pandanus was developed in partnership with Indigenous owned art centre, Tiwi Designs.
‘Rainbows’ by April Jones represents the advent of the dry season in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia), depicting the colourful arcs seen in the sky towards the end of the wet season. The design’s origins as a woodblock print can be seen in the textural nature of the rainbow motifs. Rainbows was developed in partnership with Marnin Studio, part of Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.
Designed to withstand the extreme Australian elements - Tait products are made to enjoy a long life. Each piece is manufactured in Australia by skilled craftspeople and are made with robust and environmentally-conscious materials. These include; sustainably sourced and dimensionally stable timbers; recycled and corrosion-resistant metals; and GECA certiﬁed foams.
Willie Westons outdoor fabric prints exhibit some of the highest-performing attributes available to an exterior-grade fabric including; a 100% solution-dyed Polyester composition; excellent abrasion resistance at 100,000+ Martindale rubs; a water and oil repellant Teﬂon® ﬁnish; UV, mould, stain, chlorine and salt resistance; and 95% colourfastness.
“For almost thirty years, Tait has honed a proud heritage through working with Australian designers and manufacturing locally, so it’s wonderful to now have the opportunity to showcase the work of leading Indigenous artists with our outdoor fabric oﬀering. Until more recently it’s been a challenge to ﬁnd exterior-grade fabrics which oﬀer both patterned elements and perform exceptionally outdoors. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this landmark collection to life with such a purposeful brand like Willie Weston. We look forward to strengthening the conduit between First Nations artists and Australian outdoor design,”
- says Susan Tait, Creative Director of Tait.
The collection is made-to-order in Australia on a short lead time which avoids unnecessary waste while supporting local economies.
Woven Skies by Tait & Willie Weston is available to order now.
We acknowledge the Traditional owners of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and pay respects to Elders past, present and future.
All pieces from Tait’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection, Horizon Lines, are available to order now.
For Pre-Christmas delivery, please place your order by 1st October.
Contact our showroom for more details and pricing or browse our extensive outdoor furniture collection online.
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Established in 1992 by husband and wife, Gordon and Susan Tait, Tait began in a small factory in Melbourne, Australia. Gordon, a sheet metal craftsman, and Susan, a creative textile designer, noticed an absence for well-designed, well-made outdoor products – both reﬂective of Australia’s enviable outdoor lifestyle and built to withstand the harsh Australian elements. Tait work exclusively with Australian designers in developing their collections and manufacture locally in Melbourne, Australia. madebytait.com.au
Willie Weston is run by Jessica Booth and Laetitia Prunetti, two non-Indigenous women in Melbourne, Australia. Working in partnership with Indigenous artists through Indigenous-owned arts centres, the brand develops collections of fabrics and wallpapers for commercial and residential design. Willie Weston’s ambition is to celebrate the diverse artistic output of Indigenous artists and to support the integration of Indigenous design into the built environment. willieweston.com
Children’s Ground is a First Nations-led not-for-proﬁt organisation focused on ending entrenched intergenerational disadvantage of Indigenous communities through driving community, systemic and societal change. childrensground.org.au
Agency is an Indigenous not-for-proﬁt that celebrates and promotes Indigenous art, culture, people and Country on a local, national and international scale through the initiation and facilitation of Indigenous led projects, partnerships and events.agencyprojects.org