People are always interested in the benefits given to the artists through our projects. Once a month our accountant calculates royalties owed to the artists. This page explains how that process.
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    STEP 1

    We start with a painting which is chosen because of its quality of design and colour and the ability of the image to translate into a different medium. Some images will work in the medium of chain stitch, some on lacquer ware and others are perfect for printing onto bone china. Very few images will work on everything.

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    STEP 2

    Once the samples are done and we can see that they will work we place an order. We normally order between 3 to 15 different designs depending on the product. We need to create a critical mass of product and design. On rare occasions a design won’t work that well, even with a second attempt at making samples. At that point we will simply use a different design.

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    STEP 3

    For example, lacquer ware requires making the pulp from recycled paper, moulding and shaping the boxes or Christmas balls, drawing the design onto the moulded item, and hand painting the design onto the dried mouldings. After the paint has dried the finished boxes and balls are varnished, one side at a time.

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    STEP 4

    Chain stitch cushions and rugs require spinning and hand dying the wool, drawing the design onto the base cloth, embroidering the design by hand and then making up the actual cushion cover after washing the finished embroidered cloth in the nearby stream.

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    STEP 5

    Finished orders are loaded onto container ships and sent to us.

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    STEP 6

    Goods are unpacked and shelved, then received in our inventory.

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    STEP 7

    If the goods have not yet been labelled with our swing tags, artist stickers, handicraft label and barcodes, this is also done.

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    STEP 8

    Our labelling describes a lot about the product. With regard to royalties the most important of the labelling is the barcode. This code identifies the art centre, the artist and the design and is used to calculated the royalties.

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We then sell our beautifully designed range of hand crafted products to many places across Australia, in the USA and Europe as well as in our own retail outlets.

At the end of each month our accountant downloads all sales for the month. This information is used to calculate the royalties.

Royalties are calculated as a percentage of the total sales for each artist. We don’t reveal the actual percentage paid to artists because we have license contracts with the artists which are confidential, as is usual with all contracts between any two parties. We have been working in this industry for quite a while though and know that our royalties are more generous than is the norm.

Artists receive the royalty payments monthly. On the alternate fortnight of each month the artists receive payment for paintings. The alternation of royalty and painting payments gives the artists a fortnightly income.


Artists who do not possess the skills needed to find employment in our mainstream society. For many of the artists, this is the ONLY regular sustainable income they generate

Thus uniting their original artworks with artisans and their traditional handicrafts from other remote regions is mutually beneficial creating opportunities for both communities to engage in a business that would not exist without each other.

Than they do from the original painting,  in fact, it is the norm.

Including travelling to family or to a funeral,  purchasing cars, or for food and other necessities.

This is taken from the incoming royalties. This provides flexibility for the artists and their families.

This is really important to them.  Our contracts identify the recipients of royalties post mortem.  The artist can select a few recipients if they wish.  We manage and distribute as per the artist’s instructions.


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