My grandparents came from Wales and settled in Alice Springs in the 1920’s. Among other things, my grandfather traded ininti seeds and they have always been a part of my life. My turn to trade seeds emerged when I wanted to help a friend sell the ininti seeds she had collected out bush. The seeds are used for making jewellery and decorations. Once we started selling them online, we found that people wanted us to pierce and prepare the seeds so that they could create their own designs. So began our mini-business, creating DIY craft packs so people could experience the long time cultural pleasure of making bush jewellery.
The next development occurred when the pandemic hit – suddenly local women, who relied on the income to support their families, could no longer sell necklaces and jewellery to the local tourist shops. So we tried selling more items online – we started with two indigneous artist; Doreen Driffen who makes beautiful jewellery and Jess Muir who is a painter.
All the ininti seeds are collected by indigenous women (and a few fellas) in Central Australia, as are most of the Quandong seeds and gumnuts. Our focus is on opening up a creative marketplace for local Australian artisans, both indigenous and non-indigenous, using Australian native seeds and pods. Our group is small and we are working together from my kitchen table in Alice Springs. Our prices reflect the amount of hard work and time which is invested into collecting, cleaning, creating, promoting and despatching each product.