‘Mulapa’ means ‘really’ or ‘true’ in the Aboriginal language Pitjantjatjara. This is why Judi Muller named her business Mulapa Aboriginal Art – to highlight her number one principle: that she sells “really true” ethically sourced Aboriginal art.
As a home-based business the overheads are minimal, so the prices are very affordable at Mulapa, though Judi believes you shouldn’t buy a painting unless it makes your heart sing so she is always encouraging people to take the painting home to check it’s right before making a purchase.
Mulapa has a not-for-profit philosophy of ‘giving back’ to artists and their communities as an act of reconciliation. In fact, Mulapa’s goal for the next year is to raise $5,000 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation from sales of art works. As a retired Early Childhood professional, this organisation is close to Judi’s heart.
“I want to do something personally towards Reconciliation outside of membership of a group or organisation,” says Judi. “Selling ethically sourced art allows me to follow my two passions – Aboriginal art and Reconciliation.”
Judi has just returned from two weeks in the Northern Territory volunteering at the art centre in Yuendemu (a remote community out from Alice Springs). While there she watched artists at work and observed what is involved in getting a piece of art out into the wider world. A lot of her time was also spent making tea and toasties for the artists, priming canvases, as well as washing lots of paint jars.
“Of course I didn’t come home empty handed,” she says. “There is something very special about selling a painting that you have seen being created. I think it is also nice for those who buy a painting to hear stories of where and how the artwork was created.”
If you would like to see some of the paintings Judi has brought back to the Inner West, pop over to Orange Grove Markets at Orange Grove Public School, Lilyfield, on the first and third Saturday of the month or ring Judi on 0401 904 649 for a private viewing (your home or hers). For more information, you can also check out Judi’s website: www.mulapa.com.au.