MEET DE GREER-YINDIMINCARLIE FROM YINDI ARTZ
I’m a Wiradjuri woman from Central Western NSW.
Wiradjuri are the largest Aboriginal group in New South Wales, with our country being 127,000km2. The people of the Wiradjuri country are known as “people of three rivers” being the Macquarie river (Wambool), Lachlan River (Kalari) and the Murrumbidgee River (Murrumbidjeri) which border our country.
Yindi Artz is 100% Indigenous owned and operated by award winning artist…me, De Greer-Yindimincarlie.
I was awarded the 2008 South East Queensland NAIDOC award for ‘Distinguished Services in the Visual Arts Industry’, and was nominated for ‘Visual Artist of the Year’ in the 2011 and 2013 National Deadly Awards. I also won the Professional Deadly Dressed Award at the 2013 Deadly Awards, for the ‘Yindi’ dress, which bore my textile design. In 2021, I was a finalist in the SA Woman business awards for the First Nations Woman in Business award.
I was also a professional musician, and I have produced albums for many musicians in my own studio. I have also recorded six albums to date, and I has played with musician greats such as Dan Sultan, Wolfmother, Neil Murray, Kev Carmody, Archie Roach, and Andrew Farris.
Yindi Artz is a multi-faceted business who delivers stunning Aboriginal paintings, graphic design, Reconciliation Action Plan artwork and document layout, textile design, film editing, music performance and recording, music composition for film and voiceover work, custom painted bicycle frame and builds, wood and resin jewellery design and manufacture, and product and resource design.
Yindi Artz serves both business to business and business to customer, and Yindi Artz and I strive to provide a product, experience and interaction with our customers from the oldest living culture on earth, and one that will always stay with them, because at Yindi Artz we believe ‘Excellence makes you Unforgettable’.
I have done lots of interesting work lately and lots of variety, which is what I love…I have recently recorded the voiceovers for The Lowitja Institute in Victoria for their eLearning packages, I have also recently finished the artwork design and document layout for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Reconciliation Action Plan.
I am very excited to have sent off a branding package for the Council of Whittlesea in Victoria for one of their animal shelters that is being rebranded, and I have just finished a branding package for the Murray Darling Basin Authority to use for NAIDOC and other Indigenous branded materials and events.
Recycled Mats and so much more, is a company I do product design for, and they have just released a heap of my new products, which is very exciting.
// What does this year’s NAIDOC theme of ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’ spark inside of you?
The 2022 NAIDOC theme Get Up! Stand Up ! Show Up! Is to encourage all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
For me personally, it is a continuation of educating people about my mob, culture and what it means to be an Aboriginal Australian. This is a plight that I live everyday, not just for one week a year, it is an ongoing process, and I will say, also a tiring one at times. So for me, it echoes every day of my life.
// What do you want to encourage our SAW community to do?
I would encourage the SAW community who are interested, to join Reconciliation SA, and do what they can to educate themselves about us mob, the first Australians.
Challenge your stereotypes, always look at Aboriginal people as equals and do what you can without an expectation of accolades…I guess the most important thing for me, is to listen…to our stories, to our experiences, to our voice.
Connect with De:
Facebook: Yindi Artz
Etsy: Yindi Artz – Check out my new range of custom designed and handmade resin and wood jewellery
Please listen to my Single release, ‘Perfect Angel’, written for young Miette Skiller who passed from DIPG, a paediatric cancer.