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JungalaseeshimselfasanIndigenousAustralianculturalartist.OwnerofJungalaEnterprisesabusinessthatembracesboththeartandtourismsectorsJungalapaintscreatest-shirtsandpostcardsandrunsculturaleducationalworkshopsandtours.AtwhatagedidyoudecidetomakeacareerfromvisualartsSinceIwasakidIhavebeendrawingbutIdidntstartpaintinguntilIwasinmy30s.ItisnowahobbybutwhenIneedmoneyIpaintacanvasandsellit.DoyoucomefromacreativefamilyYesmyfamilymembersincludeCliffordPossumBillyStockmanMichaelNelsonKaapaTjampitjimpaPaddyCarrolTjungurrayi.ThefamilyrelationshipsinAboriginalculturearequitecomplex.Relationshipisveryimportantinthecultureasittellsthepersonwhatresponsibilitiestoothersinhiscommunityare.Ittellsyouwhereyoutintothesocialstructureandcertainobligationsrequiredbycertainpeopletoyouorbyyou.WhatisadayinthelifeofJungalaKrisslikeIliketogetupearlyinthemorningtoappreciatethestartofthedaythecrispnessandfreshairofawintermorning.AsDirectorofmycompanyImightbeorganisingaculturaltouroftheWestMacDonaldRangesortravellingoverseasgettingreadytocatchaplane.ImightbepreparingacanvastopaintonwhichwouldthenmeanIwouldneedtoworkoutthesizeofthepaintingworkoutthecolourschemeandstarttopaintoneofthetraditionalstoriesthathasbeenhandeddowntome.Myartismorecontemporarytomakeitmoreofmyown.Peoplenowrecognisemystyle.WhatisyourfavouritemediumtoworkwithThisvariesMatisseorAtelieracrylicpaintonanythingfromcanvastobikescarsetc.IhaveeventriedOilStickswhichaDanishartistintroducedtome.WhateffecthasthecomputeragehadonyourworkIthasallowedmetomanipulatemyownartworktoturnitintocommercialprojectsandmerchandise.ItalsomeansIcansendimagesofmyworktooverseasbuyers.WhataresomeofthenegativeaspectsofyourjobPeoplewhodonothaveanunderstandingorappreciationofthecultureandartformthismakesitdifcultforartistslikemetosurvivesolelyontheirartwork.WhatissomethingyouwouldlovetodothatyouhaventalreadydoneDesignanewuniformandallcommercialaspectsforQANTAS.MainlybecauseQANTASbeganasaQueenslandandNorthernTerritorycompany.UsingAustralianproductswouldbeagreatwaytoprojectmyartismtotheworld.HowwouldyoudescribeyourfirstworksoldIwasverynervousbecauseIwasupagainstalotofrecognisedIndigenousartistsbutonceIsoldmyrstpaintingIrealisedthatIcoulddoitandhadactuallyachievedsomething.TherstpaintingIsoldisnowmycompanylogo.WheredoyougetmostofyourinspirationThestoriesaretheretheybelongtomebutthecoloursIchoosetopaintthemindependontheseason.HowIseethecolourofthelandscapeatthetimeofthepainting.WhatfellowartisthasmostinfluencedyouTeddyEganJungalaWhatsyourfavouritepublicationtodateBreastsBodiesCanvas.CentralDesertartasexperienceJENNIFERBIDDLE.Anythinginspirationalgivingatrueperspectiveoftheculturesopeoplecanunderstanditbetter.WhatisyourfavouritepieceofclothinginyourwardrobeHandknittedbeaniewithakangarooonthefront.WhowouldyoumostliketositnexttoonaflighttoEuropeReeceWitherspoonIfyouwerespeakingtoasecondaryschoolstudentwhowasshowinginterestinfollowinginyourfootstepswhatadvicewouldyougivethemFinishyourschoolingeducationissoimportantbutyoudontrealiseuntilyouareanadultjusthowimportantitis.Youneedsomethingtofallbackonorstartwithandartwilltakeitsowncourse.Visitthewebsitewww.jungala.com.auformoreinformationaboutJungalaKrissNickyisavisualmerchandiserwhohasenjoyedacareerwithMyer-specialisinginhomewaresandwiththeTie-Rack.WhenyouweregrowingupwhatdidyouwanttobecomeADesigneroraPhotographer.Iwantedtocreate.IhavealwayslovedInteriorDesign.IthinkthatswhyHomewaresbecamemypassioninVisualMerchandising.Howlonghaveyoubeenintheindustry3years.Ihadbeeninretailandmerchandisingwithoutthetitleforabout7yearsbeforethat.WhatdoesavisualmerchandiserdoWemakeyouwanttobuysomethingVisualmerchandisingisthepracticeofdisplayingaproductEgaDressaDinnersetoracouchtoenticethecustomertotakeacloserlookdesireitandbuyit.WhatdidyoustudyatschoolanduniversityBAofFineArtPhotographyMajorDiplomaofVisualMerchandisingAnycareerhighlightsIalwaysenjoyedsettingupanewstore.Therewasanexcitementfromtheteamofcreatingsomethingnew.ArethereanypeersthatsetthebenchmarkforyouandfortheindustryOtherstoresarethebenchmark.Thisisaverycompetitiveindustry.Thebottomlineisifyoudontmakethecustomerwanttobuyyourproductthenitwillnotsellandthecompanywillnotmakemoney.LargechainstoreslikeCountryRoadFreedomMyerandDavidJonesarealwaysvyingfortheconsumersattentionandreinventingthemselvestobringtheconsumerinEgWindowdisplays.Smallertrendsettingstoresoftencatchyourattentionbygoingoutonalimb.Whatotherstoresaredoinglocallyandoverseasisaconstantsourceofinspiration.HowdowecomparetotherestoftheworldVisualMerchandisingisverysimilartotheFashionIndustry.TheyfeedoffoneanotherasVisualMerchandisingcreatestheenvironmentforFashiontolookitsbest.ThereforeVisualMerchandisinginAustraliadoesfollowthefashiontrendsandVMtrendsofEuropeandAmerica.JungalaKrissCulturalArtistNickyMerkelVMArticleonJ.KrissPhotographartworkJunagalaKrissArticleonN.MerkelPhotographcourtesyofNicoleMerkelIfyouarelookingformorecareersinart-seeourpasteditionsandinterviewsonourwebsitewww.zartart.com.auZartExtra_Term320089careersinart