They say going into business with family should be thought about carefully, but the four sisters of Cungelella Art are striding into business together with ease.
Started by sister Glenda McCulloch in 2019 in her home, McCulloch used dabbling in art over a cup of tea as a way to spend time with herself and her three sisters Cheryl Perez, Juanita Doyle and Dale Bruce.
This casual everyday event soon turning into a business that has been flourishing both nationally and internationally as the sisters have sent their pieces to Japan, New York, San Francisco and New Zealand.
Growing up on Kalkatungu Country and surrounded by artists and creatives in their uncles, aunties and grandparents the traditional processes of art specific to their homelands is engrained in the minds of the sisters as they create their contemporary pieces.
Their individual styles are distinct but mostly to the sisters as their collaboration works seamlessly as if one piece is created from just one paintbrush.
"We can tell the difference between each other's work, but to outsiders it seems like our pieces are painted by one person," McCulloch said.
"We work well together because our mother always taught us how important family is. We grew up in chaos with 6 girls and 3 boys in the family, so being around each other all the time is natural."
Inspired by the distinct colours of land and sky on Country, Cungelella Art is now bringing the palette of inland Queensland to the coast with their new swimwear range in collaboration with Australian label Infamous Swim.
Known for their ability to produce swimwear for every shape, size and age, Infamous Swim and Cungelella Art's alignment was a given as the four sisters and the swimwear label both keep community, family and friendships as focus in their design processes inspiring creativity and love of oneself.
The Cungelella sisters are now looking to new opportunities in sharing their creations, recently going into collaboration with Adairs with a range of homewares.
You can find more of the sisters creations at https://www.cungelellaart.com/ or purchase their swimwear at https://infamousswim.com.au/pages/about-cungelella-wadjin-x-infamous-swim
$5 from every sale of Cungelella Art Swimwear through Infamous Swim will be donated to Three Sons Fitness, a not for profit that connects Indigenous youth with a range of employment opportunities.