Karda Designs began many years ago (2002) when Barbara decided to hand paint silk with her daughter Kara Matters. Together they developed, created and produced hand painted silk that Barbara's mother, Dorothy Bynder stitched into silk scarves. Dorothy became what was affectionately known as the 'quality controller' making sure that each scarf was painted and sewn to a high standard in order to sell the garments.
Since then Karda has developed into a strong family business that has grown to include Noongar Elders, family members and like minded people who aim to make change whilst working together towards a sustainable future for all those involved with Karda.
Karda is the Noongar word for race horse goanna. Noongar people live in the south west corner of Western Australia. At Karda Designs we are fortuitous to have a diverse range of talent and skill working in team environments.
Karda Designs is proud to present artists whose works include contemporary, realism and abstract design, alive with rich and diverse themes that are representative of Indigeneity today.
Our Elders share their wisdom and transfer knowledge from one generation to the next whilst guiding our younger members using cultural processes and structures and reminding us to practice culture when and wherever we can.
Karda Designs encourages formal education and two-way learning. We have academics whose knowledge and studies are invaluable to the projects that we undertake. We share an inter-relatedness brought together by our vision:
“To live, breath, share and practice, culture and art through a fusion of family, business and economics whilst maintaining our Indigeneity”
Barbara's philosophy on culture:
"When something is part of the whole yet separate, draw a pattern around all of the separate parts and eventually they will connect to become one therefore being whole"
Karda offers a unique way of understanding contemporary Aboriginal culture and people in the following way:
The Art of Departing, Tanya Ransom - Musician
Department of Commerce Aboriginal Employment Strategy: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/aboriginal_employment_strategy_2013-2105.pdf
Department of Commerce RAP Plan: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/rap2014-2016.pdf
Wagga Six Season Booklet, National Library of Australia: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6613420