‘As an artist, I often collaborate with nature, feeling connected and an integral part of it. When I use plants to dye and print fabrics I witness a true alchemy’
A graduate of the Sydney College of the Arts, Yaja worked in Sydney as the Head of Graphics for SBS TV before relocating to the far north Australian outback. Working as an aboriginal arts curator in this remote region, she studied first-hand the ancient arts and crafts of Australia’s traditional owners, learning about natural dyeing and weaving techniques from the Yolngu women in Arnhem Land and documenting, through photography, the lives and customs of the people of Ramingining.
Now a resident of Sydney and persuing her passion for textile and fashion design, Yaja draws on her history, experiences and deep connection to nature to inspire each unique creation, using native plants and leaves to hand-dye silk garments and accessories, and focusing her artist’s eye on nature-inspired themes through her photography and artwork.