Jade Dolman & JD Penangke – A Fusion between Aboriginal Art and Contemporary Art
Incredible, refreshing and inspirational. What an amazing pleasure to meet and learn more about JD Penangke and Jade Dolman – also how Jade manages to create a wonderful fusion between Aboriginal and Contemporary Art; whilst providing cultural education.
Who is JD Penangke, Contemporary Aboriginal Artist?
Jade Dolman is a student and young entrepreneur and founder of JD Penangke. She aims to reconnect Aboriginal people with their culture and to encourage reconciliation by providing cultural education to non-Aboriginal people. She is down to earth and level headed.
“Discovering art” as a form of business happened almost by accident for Jade.
She posted some of her personal artwork on social media. This led to Jade being asked to do some Aboriginal art workshops, which she did. The first workshop (according to Jade) was all over the place. But she did not stop and continued to do a second and the third. She built her confidence. And JD Penangke was born.
Today, Jade finds most of her projects and work through word-of-mouth referral.
These days Jade is one busy student and entrepreneur – one, who does public art murals, art workshops, cultural workshops, dance workshops and sand murals and tries to study too. This is Jade’s final year at university.
Tell me more about JD Penangke, your business?
My business journey so far has been a massive learning curve and a great experience. My business, JD Penangke has developed organically and is continuing to grow.
I have always loved art and creativity.
In the last 3 years I have been on a journey of discovering my cultural identity. Since learning about the history of my people and our cultural background, I instantly grew a passion to preserve what is left of our beautiful culture.
I am lucky enough that my business combines art, creativity and culture all in one.
Being able to share my culture as my job is such a blessing and I am grateful for every day.
I get most of my work through word-of-mouth referrals. I do murals for many schools and am amazed at how well connected the schools are and thus how I get more projects as a result of this connectedness.
Every job is as important as the next, because you really never know who is connected to your next customer.
I paint message stones and this part of my business grew well through social media. Social media has been great for my business, especially Facebook.
I will be creating a community artwork for 2016 WALGA Local Government Convention during August 2016. I was approached to do the artwork because of a similar experience at another conference. Yet another word-of-mouth commission.
I am lucky to have my dad as my “manager”; he always encourages me to know when to stop and to make sure that I deliver what I am being paid to deliver. It is important to set the price correctly from the start.
What advice do you have for young Aboriginal entrepreneurs?
It is up to the younger generation of Aboriginal people to keep our history and culture alive.
If you have an idea for a business or aspire to be an entrepreneur definitely go for it because you have nothing to lose.
You can always take something good from every bad experience.
Where do you find your inspiration when things get tough?
When I hit walls, I ask myself:
‘if you could do any job in the world, what would you want to do?’
I always come back to what I am doing already – my art, my culture, my history and the fusion between it all.
I also think about the impact I want to make, the people I can work with and the opportunity to share my culture. It is really up to the younger Aboriginal generation to make sure that we keep our culture and history alive.
My mom inspires me because she has faced many challenges in her life and she managed to overcome it all. She is an amazing role model for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and I look up to her.
In conclusion: Jade Dolman – JD Penangke, Contemporary Aboriginal Artist
“Fusion” was the one concept that kept coming to the surface for me when I had the opportunity to learn more about Jade and her business journey.
Jade Dolman has a refreshing ability to create a fusion between contemporary and Aboriginal art. She is an smart, determined person, with an innate wisdom far beyond her years and her age.
I see in Jade Dolman someone who will not only aim to educate others about Aboriginal art and culture but will also be building many bridges to improve understanding and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
My gratitude to Jade Dolman/J.D. Penangke for the use of the images for this article.
Learn more about Jade Dolman & JD Penangke
Jade Dolman / JD Penangke runs Aboriginal art and cultural workshops for schools, organizations, companies and community events.
Art and culture workshops can be provided for up to 30 participants at any time. The workshops focus on the meaning behind the paintings, symbols, dreamtime storytelling and learning the Nyoongar seasons.
Participants can either create an artwork individually or contribute to a large community canvas.
Other services include commissions for paintings, Aboriginal dance lessons for students, wall murals, Indigenous face painting and sand murals.
You can also download a PDF copy of this interview here.
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