How’s this for a heart-warming story: after Indigenous artist Brad Turner sadly lost his job due to the pandemic in 2020, he turned his passion project of creating art with his daughter at their dining room table into a full-time gig that wound up being so successful, he’s now teaming up with one of Australia’s best-known homewares and home furnishing retailers, Adairs, to launch a stylish new range available nationwide that includes bed linen, tablecloths, cushions, mugs and even yoga mats.
“I am so humbled to be joining forces with Adairs in bringing my artwork that is so close to my and my community’s heart to the forefront,” says Turner.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this collaboration help put a spotlight on the Indigenous heritage and help others feel connected to it, too.”
Turner says he uses his art to heal, build relationships and connect with people from all walks of life. For the collection, he took inspiration from landscapes, creating pieces that reflect his contemporary style of Indigenous Art — a mix of earthy, coastal tones and vibrant colours that inspire hope and positivity.
He also tried to incorporate the Bundjalung-Yugambeh language into each piece to reference his people and to share a language that was almost lost.
“I am so excited that Adairs asked me to design a range for them,” he says. “Seeing my work come to life on everyday items has been such a dream and I am so proud with how this collection came out.”
The new Brad Turner for Adairs and Adairs Kids collection, launched October 7, will be available at Adairs stores and online at adairs.com.au.