“Marninwarntikura exists today on the shoulders of remarkable women from the Fitzroy Valley.. It is because of their past actions that the Women's Resource Centre occupies its central position, delivering vital human services across this remarkable region." - June Oscar AO In 2013 MWRC seeded an ambitious Social Enterprise Programme, supporting women to turn the things they love to do into projects that make money. This programme evolved into the Marnin Studio - based at MWRC and driven by the vision of local women artisans. Today the Marnin Studio continues to grow through strategic partnerships and by connecting women locally, nationally and internationally through the creation of exquisite block and screen-printed textile products and hand painted boab nuts.
Products from the Marnin Studio are contemporary in design but based in the women's deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community. A Designer and Artist in Residency Programme has grown the artistic integrity of the programme through working with the studio participants to create products that are deeply studied and designed as a collection of works.
There is inspiration and a great sense of pride developed through this process, as participants begin to realise and actualise the opportunities for educating others about their culture, through visual stories on products that travel around the globe.