Aboriginal Designs by Jodie Freeman
First and foremost, Boho Babes would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We are honoured and proud to be able to bring stunning Indigenous prints to our customers that are hand painted by Aboriginal artist - Jodie Freeman. Jodie is a proud Gamilaroi woman, originally from Narrabri, NSW. Her work is a modern style incorporating her spiritual beliefs and culture. Each piece of artwork that Jodie creates tells a story about family, love, life.
When we initially contacted Jodie to create artwork for our products we were concerned about any cultural issues surrounding printing her artwork onto fabric for our nappy range in particular. Jodie contacted the elders in her community whom saw no issues and so we were able to move forward with the collaboration.
In May 2018 the first artwork that Jodie created to feature on our products was called "Family connections". It speaks of family, community and ultimately love.
“Regardless of the make-up of your family unit, when you look within, we are all the same. We all have hopes and dreams. We all want to experience and share love. This love comes in many forms, each just as important and valuable as the next”.(Original painting by Jodie Freeman)
About eight months later Swimming Together was created. Swimming together is a vibrant and beautiful print telling the story of parenthood.
(Original painting by Jodie Freeman)
Jodie has recently completed her third exclusive artwork for Boho Babes. This piece features a rainbow serpent and is called "Gurria". It is expected to hit our shelves in June/July 2021.
"Gurria the Rainbow Serpent was awoken from the belly of the Earth. She came to the surface throwing herself in all directions. She moved across the lands, carving the deep valleys, the water holes, the rivers, lakes and ocean beds and pushed the mountains high to the sky. The Rainbow Serpent was awoken from the belly of the Earth. She came to the surface throwing herself in all directions. She moved across the lands, carving the deep valleys, the water holes, the rivers, lakes and ocean beds and pushed the mountains high to the sky".
Our mission has always been to help as much as we can in our community and we have been searching for an organisation to support that really makes a difference in the lives of Aboriginal communities. With consideration from Jodie, we have decided to dedicate $1 from each product sold that features one of Jodie's stunning artworks to put together boxes of essential items that will be sent out to the Happy Boxes Project to distribute to vulnerable women and families in rural places across Australia. There will also be an option on our website to fund a Happy Box outright on our website from March 1st 2021. These boxes will be sent every 3 to 4 months directly to the Happy Boxes HQ in Broome WA and we will update on our socials with the number raised.