11 June 2021 | Dana Garlett, a Seventh-day Adventist Australian with a strong Aboriginal heritage, launched a very specialized card line during the coronavirus lockdown. Her business is called Paperbark Prints, and the cards are designed to connect people to Aboriginal Australia.
The cards are designed using colors found in nature and they feature minimalistic artwork.
“[In] my language, my name is Djida. Djida represents the morning scenes of nature as the sunlight breaks to commence the beginning of a new day. I have very strong Aboriginal heritage and ties to four different regions in Western Australia, which include Whadjuk (Perth Metropolitan), Nyikina (Kimberley), Minang (South West) and Ballardong (Wheatbelt),” said Garlett to Adventist Record.
“Working from home, juggling school work with my son and home life, not being able to visit friends and family and having social interactions made me think about how I could maintain that connection with others,” she says. “I always find so much joy and happiness when I give to others, so I thought greeting cards would be perfect. [It’s] a way I can minister that brings people together through my designs.”
Garlett sees the business as a way to build relationships and promote Aboriginal heritage.
“I share God through my creative practice by building community that strengthens personal connections with one another. That’s a lot like what Jesus did. He brought people together from all walks of life. Through sharing aspects of my culture it brings awareness and understanding which is part of reconciliation in action,” said Garlett to Adventist Record.
Garlett’s business has grown since it started in November 2020.
“This year we’ll be sharing more greeting card designs for all occasions and looking to add prints and digital designs to our range,” she said. “I believe God has big plans for Paperbark Prints and this is only just the beginning.”