Author(s): Ros Moriarty
Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime...The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world's oldest continuing culture...The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art Design Archive, an iconic collection of art, design and objects created by Sydney-based design studio, Balarinji. Ros Moriarty and John Moriarty established Balarinji in 1983; since then it has become recognised worldwide for covering Qantas aircraft in Aboriginal designs. The Archive is held by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra...
Ros Moriarty was born in Devonport, Tasmania and moved to Canberra when she was 17 to study at the Australian National University. A former journalist, Ros has spent most of her professional life as Creative and Managing Director of Balarinji, a design business she established with her WC Aboriginal husband John, in 1983. She is also Co-founder and Managing Director of the not-for-profit Nangala Project. In 2012 Ros founded the Indi Kindi early literacy program for babies to five year olds, to help remote region Aboriginal families change life opportunities for their children. Ros is the author of four books for children (Ten Scared Fish; Kangaroos Hop; Summer Rain; Splosh for the Billabong) and one for adults (Listening to Country), Ros was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2014. Her books have received numerous short listings and awards.