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Singer Ngaiire On Motherhood, Music + Building From The Rubble

In last year’s Archibald Prize, one painting dominated the media coverage. A woman draped in purple and positioned slightly off centre peers across the canvas, poised and almost regal with a twist of fuchsia feathers curling through her piled hair like flames. 

This ethereal, nearly mystical study of singer, songwriter and proud Papua New Guinean woman, Ngaiire, didn’t win the prestigious portrait prize, but the image of her still and pensive face endured. Funnily enough, Ngaiire didn’t win the season of Australian Idol she appeared on as a promising 20-year-old either. But that is neither here nor there. The experience stirred the foundations of a deep, artistic being that would evolve and grow over the next decade and a half. 

Now, Ngaiire’s dazzling character and future soul sound has emerged as a unique force on the Australian music scene; just as strong, fluid and self-assured as she appears in that 2020 portrait.

We dropped in on Ngaiire and her son Nadav (‘Dovey’), 3, at their house on Darkinjung Country to talk about the confluence of art and motherhood. Oh, and those seriously epic matching outfits!

Flower Farm Collective – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

As you probably know, TDF is a tiny team, but we are so lucky to have a wonderful network of contributors from across Australia that help us to bring you coverage of creative happenings from outside our Melbourne base. Today we’re excited to welcome writer Karen Locke and photographer Honey Atkinson of Will Work For Food to the fold.

Each month, the duo will be travelling to rural and regional areas across the country to bring you insights into the lives of those living sustainably, on and from the land.

Today Karen and Honey visit the Hunter Region of New South Wales, where they meet Vanessa Garcia and Dominique Northam of The Flower Farm Collective.

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