ALPERSTEIN DESIGNS | Judy Napangardi Watson Table Runner

ALPERSTEIN DESIGNS | Judy Napangardi Watson Table Runner

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‘I listen and hear those words a hundred years away
That is my Grandmother’s Mother’s Country
it seeps down through blood and memory and soaks
into the ground’

Judy Watson


If you love the Judy Napangardi tea towel why not invest in a table runner to brighten up your dining area or to use as a wall hanging.

Made in Australia, these table runners are made with a mix of Polyester and Cotton, so do not wrinkle as much as cotton table runners. Less ironing for you!  With the best-selling artwork by Judy Napangardi from Warlukurlangu Artists in the Northern Territory, Australia.

- 45cm x 140cm
- 80% Polyester | 20% Cotton
- Gift Boxed with information about Artist & Artwork.
- Made in Australia

Royalties from this product directly benefit the artist and their community


Judy Napangardi Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many Warlpiri & other Central & Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu artists for a number of years, developing her own unique style.

Judy is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa, or The Dreaming,  by Warlpiri artists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture. Judy Napangardi Watson has been exhibiting artwork since 1990 throughout Australia & around the world. Her works are featured in several major collections.

Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.  

Artwork/placement varies between each table runner. Each is unique and may differ slightly from image shown.


More about the artist:

Warlukurlangu Artists

It was this design that I saw hanging from a small gift store in the Northern New South Wales town of Brunswick Heads. It appealed to me so much and led me to Alperstein Designs and their collaboration with indigenous artists, something I had been searching for. Judy's work is eye-catching, the colours and shapes mesmerising, 

Judy Watson has described her experiences of travelling to her great-grandmother’s country in north-west Queensland, as ‘learning from the ground up’. It is a philosophy she has transplanted on her several journeys and residencies abroad. A distinguished artist, Judy represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale,

Watson’s matrilineal link to the country of her ancestors has always been central to her printmaking and painting. The hidden histories of Indigenous experience on the colonial frontier – particularly those of women – continue to inspire her. Watson seeks the indelible impressions of past presence on the landscape – rubbings, engravings and incisions – and subtly inscribes them upon her work. 

Through her art, Watson repatriates the human artefacts and objects of collected cultures in museum storehouses, and reveals the ‘skeletons’ in colonial ‘closets’:

This magnificent artist interview by the Tate Gallery gives us an insight into Judy's work and inspiration. Along with her pieces, Judy's journey into understanding her grandmother's and great grandmother's stories,  also helps us to confront Aboriginal history in this country. Watch out for Judy's mum Joyce. She's a national treasure!