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Cygnett’s ICON Art Series: Officially Licensed Ronnie Tjampitjinpa Aboriginal Art Cases

Melbourne, Australia, October 03, 2012 --( Cygnett is thrilled to release the officially licensed Ronnie Tjampitjinpa cases as part of the ICON Art Series. The Ronnie Tjampitjinpa series will appear on iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th Gen. cases (both RRP $24.95).

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is a world-renowned Australian Aboriginal artist and fully-initiated Pintupi man, who has won the Northern Territory Art Award (1984) and Alice Prize (1988). Tjampitjinpa is considered an innovator and one of the grand masters of the Central and Western Desert Art movement.

In 2004, Tjampitjinpa was elected to Chairman of the Papunya Tula Artists – the pioneer artist-owned cooperative model – this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. Papunya Tula have not only promoted individual artists, but provided economic development for the communities to which they belong (including youth, educational, sporting, health and transport programs) and assisted in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.

Tjampitjinpa’s work features in the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) ‘Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art’, which is an international touring exhibition set to open at Musée du quai Branly, Paris in October 2012. The Ronnie Tjampitjinpa series is based on two works;

‘Rainmaking’ based on the original artwork, 'Rain Making At Malparingya’, depicting body paint designs associated with rain making ceremonies at the site of Malparingya, slightly south east of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). This site was visited by a group of travelling Tingari men who had approached Malparingya from the east and later continued on to Wilkinkarra.

‘Echidna Dreaming’ based on the original artwork, 'Echidna Dreaming At Tjungaringya,' depicting body paint designs associated with Tingari ceremonies relating to the Tjilkamata (Echidna) Dreaming at the claypan and rockhole site of Tjungaringya, south of Lake Mackay. Four Tingari men of the Tjampitjinpa, Tjangala, Tjapanangka and Tjapangati kinship subsections camped at the site applying their body decoration before travelling north-east along the side of Lake Mackay.

To document this exciting collaboration, Cygnett has filmed a series of short films – Papunya Tula Stories – shot by awarding-winning filmmaker Simone Mazengarb. For the first time, Tjampitjinpa was filmed painting and was interviewed on location at Papunya Tula in remote Kintore, in the Northern Territory. (The first episode of Papunya Tula Stories will be released on, 21 September 2012.)

Cygnett’s Senior Product Manager, Giles Matthews, talks about the development of the Ronnie Tjampitjinpa cases – click to view video

Every Cygnett case comes with the Lifetime Manufacturer’s Guarantee, a screen protector and is sold in eco-friendly, recyclable packaging, including a tray that biodegrades within 90 days.

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About Cygnett:
Cygnett designs, develops and manufactures innovative digital accessories for the world’s most popular gadgets and technology. From cases and accessories for iPhone, iPad, iPod, smartphones and tablets to portable speakers, earphones, power products and laptop bags, Cygnett is celebrated as one of the world’s major digital accessories designers and manufacturers.

With offices on four continents, products in over 55,000 worldwide retail outlets and in more than 50 countries, Cygnett's success is built largely on its ability to design and deliver quality digital accessories and products that tap into what consumers want – protection, fashion and function. | | | |
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+613 9429 2552

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