Jimmy Pike Desert Goes Digital Collection


A surprising and refreshing interpretation of an indigenous genre.

State of the art Australian digital printer, Materialised, is proud to introduce a collection of furnishing fabric and wall covering designs by Walmatjarri Aboriginal artist, Jimmy Pike (1940-2002)

The ‘Desert Goes Digital’ collection launched at DENFAIR Melbourne on June 20 2019, and offers a contemporary interpretation of magical, timeless designs from an iconic indigenous artist.jimmy-pike-textiles

Jimmy Pike utilised whatever medium he needed to express his desert stories in his art, and not necessarily traditional ones. Lino printing was a favourite medium and he had a passion for the vibrancy of texta pens.

From photos and scans of Jimmy’s artwork, Materialised designers translated his art into repeatable prints for contemporary textile and wall coverings.


In 1985, Desert Designs was founded by Steve Culley and Jimmy Pike.  At its core is the understanding that Australia’s cultural future is a shared one. Asked about the new collaboration with Materialised, Steve says,

This is how Pikes legacy will grow, as indeed will the depth of the Australian visual language.
Through Materialised’s commitment to excellence, a bridge is built between mainstream Australia and the consumer that will ensure the indigenous voice is understood. That its energy is maintained and celebrated, destined to grow ever stronger.”jimmy-pike-desert-rose-textiles-wall-covering


Materialised’s furnishing textiles and wall covering journey for the contract and designer market now stretches four decades, fulfilling an objective of ‘making a difference.’

Visit http://materialised.com.au/ for more information.