ABOUT

Ailsa Walsh is an accomplished First Nations artist and storyteller, a Lardil, Kullili and Yuggera woman, currently residing on Yuggera Country (in Queensland).

2016

marks the beginning of
this collaboration

6

exclusive artworks were
licensed by Life Apparel

42

product variants
have been introduced

ARTIST BIO

Meet Ailsa Walsh, owner of Wulkuraka Designs, an accomplished Aboriginal artist whose work is a vibrant reflection of cultural heritage and artistic innovation. With a deep connection to her roots and a passion for storytelling through art, Ailsa invites you to explore a world of rich traditions, spiritual depth, and contemporary creativity in her art.

Drawing inspiration from the wisdom passed down through generations, she masterfully combines traditional techniques with a modern artistic sensibility. Her art serves as a bridge between the past and the present, offering viewers a profound glimpse into the enduring legacy of Aboriginal culture while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

Through a diverse array of mediums, Ailsa captures the essence of Indigenous life, from the Dreamtime stories that shape their worldview to the vibrant landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. Each piece is imbued with a sense of purpose and connection, inviting you to join on a visual journey that celebrates the beauty, resilience, and cultural richness of her Aboriginal heritage.

"My work is an invitation to explore, learn, and appreciate the profound contributions of Aboriginal culture to the global tapestry of art."

CONTACT

Work with Ailsa

She is available for custom art commissions. Collaborating with you to conceive a unique composition, size and colour palette, Ailsa is dedicated to creating an artwork that resonates with your business or cause.

For more information contact Life Apparel and we will get you in touch with Ailsa.

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Exclusive Artworks

Designed for
Life Apparel

01

Our Spirit Within

Acrylic On Canvas
2024

"Our Spirit Within represents us as individuals who strive to better our families, friendships, communities, and ourselves. It embodies the fight to ensure our native animals and landscapes enjoy the same freedom we do as humans.

Keeping the fire spirit alive within us helps us overcome any hardships and trials. The art piece showcases this message through patterns and elements inspired by Australian landscapes."

02

Guardians' Knowledge

Acrylic on canvas
2023

"This artwork represents our past, present and future Elders. Their knowledge, dedication, compassion and ongoing support for all generations are invaluable. We owe them our gratitude for seeing us through tough times and for their wisdom that guides us as we take care of this land we now call Australia."

03

Two Worlds

Acrylic On Canvas
2021

"The inspiration for this piece was the connection between land and sea. More often than not, we see the land and sea as separate beings, but they’re a lot closer than what meets the eye. As humans, there’s plenty we can learn from their profound reliance on one another.

In the top left corner, fresh water and star constellations surround the sun. Coming out of the centre of the sun is the womb representing the link between land and sea. The lines inside the womb represent signs of life and communication. In the bottom left corner is the ups and downs of nature. From natural disasters to human interruptions, the spirit of nature ebbs and flows, but it always finds a way to bounce back. Then when you move your eye to the centre of the painting, you’ll find earth.

The earth houses layers that represent the depth of the ocean and rivers. Left of these layers is the DNA of our animals, which sits slightly above coral stretching towards the light. The thick white line represents the purity and coexistence between land and sea. On the right side, you’ll find six cells that represent the building blocks of life. The yellow dots that surround each cell represents our culture. In the far right corner, you’ll find a small star constellation that’s reflecting off the ocean at night. Each element reminds us that our culture and DNA are products of the land and sea that surrounds us."

04

Lore

Acrylic On Canvas
2018

"This artwork showcases three suns representing past, present and future. The same Sun that looked after our ancestors, the same one that will look after our future generations. Aboriginal lore was passed on through the generations through songs, stories and dance and it governed all aspects of traditional life. It is important that the messages of our Elders are handed down, our voice is the most powerful tool we have. If you listen close enough you will hear our ancestors speak of wisdom, through the rock pools, tree lines and the cracks in the Earth.

This painting is dedicated to all Elders who use their voices, out of a dark place they are the beacon of light for us young ones.”

05

Weaving Throug Time

Acrylic On Canvas
2017

"This artwork depicts people from the desert and near the ocean. It represents mothers, aunties, grandmothers, daughters and nieces from the vast Indigenous communities. Various regions have their own weaving techniques, depending on the particular tree or plant the women have used.

This piece is dedicated to Ailsa’s grandmother Florence Dawson Davidson who was a strong elder and a stolen generation survivor.”

06

Earth Traveller

Acrylic On Canvas
2016

"This artwork depicts the Journey. Wherever we travel in life, we leave an imprint of ourselves in the soil. The earth leaves a mark on us also, bridging an everlasting connection between ourselves and the places we go.

As we continue to set foot on new ground and travel around the country, it is important to remember the imprints we have already made, and those made on us.”

01

Our Spirit Within

Acrylic On Canvas
2024

"Our Spirit Within represents us as individuals who strive to better our families, friendships, communities, and ourselves. It embodies the fight to ensure our native animals and landscapes enjoy the same freedom we do as humans.

Keeping the fire spirit alive within us helps us overcome any hardships and trials. The art piece showcases this message through patterns and elements inspired by Australian landscapes."

02

Guardians' Knowledge

Acrylic on canvas
2023

"This artwork represents our past, present and future Elders. Their knowledge, dedication, compassion and ongoing support for all generations are invaluable. We owe them our gratitude for seeing us through tough times and for their wisdom that guides us as we take care of this land we now call Australia."

03

Two Worlds

Acrylic On Canvas
2021

"The inspiration for this piece was the connection between land and sea. More often than not, we see the land and sea as separate beings, but they’re a lot closer than what meets the eye. As humans, there’s plenty we can learn from their profound reliance on one another.

In the top left corner, fresh water and star constellations surround the sun. Coming out of the centre of the sun is the womb representing the link between land and sea. The lines inside the womb represent signs of life and communication. In the bottom left corner is the ups and downs of nature. From natural disasters to human interruptions, the spirit of nature ebbs and flows, but it always finds a way to bounce back. Then when you move your eye to the centre of the painting, you’ll find earth.

The earth houses layers that represent the depth of the ocean and rivers. Left of these layers is the DNA of our animals, which sits slightly above coral stretching towards the light. The thick white line represents the purity and coexistence between land and sea. On the right side, you’ll find six cells that represent the building blocks of life. The yellow dots that surround each cell represents our culture. In the far right corner, you’ll find a small star constellation that’s reflecting off the ocean at night. Each element reminds us that our culture and DNA are products of the land and sea that surrounds us."

04

Lore

Acrylic On Canvas
2018

"This artwork showcases three suns representing past, present and future. The same Sun that looked after our ancestors, the same one that will look after our future generations. Aboriginal lore was passed on through the generations through songs, stories and dance and it governed all aspects of traditional life. It is important that the messages of our Elders are handed down, our voice is the most powerful tool we have. If you listen close enough you will hear our ancestors speak of wisdom, through the rock pools, tree lines and the cracks in the Earth.

This painting is dedicated to all Elders who use their voices, out of a dark place they are the beacon of light for us young ones.”

05

Weaving Throug Time

Acrylic On Canvas
2017

"This artwork depicts people from the desert and near the ocean. It represents mothers, aunties, grandmothers, daughters and nieces from the vast Indigenous communities. Various regions have their own weaving techniques, depending on the particular tree or plant the women have used.

This piece is dedicated to Ailsa’s grandmother Florence Dawson Davidson who was a strong elder and a stolen generation survivor.”

06

Earth Traveller

Acrylic On Canvas
2016

"This artwork depicts the Journey. Wherever we travel in life, we leave an imprint of ourselves in the soil. The earth leaves a mark on us also, bridging an everlasting connection between ourselves and the places we go.

As we continue to set foot on new ground and travel around the country, it is important to remember the imprints we have already made, and those made on us.”

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Authenticity

Life Apparel is an approved signatory of the Indigenous Art Code. This ensures ethical trading, integrity, transparency, and accountability in dealings with First Nations Artists. The code empowers artists, supporting them in achieving fair and transparent commercial opportunities for their art.

We are strong champions of ethical practices in the industry and see the voluntary Code of Conduct as a pivotal means to achieve this, reinforcing our commitment to fostering a culture of respect and fairness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists.

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