De­signs cap­ture di­verse re­gion

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara’s stun­ning nat­u­ral land­scape of­ten flies un­der the WA tourism radar, but it is be­ing put cen­trestage on a range of cards and home­wares by a Kar­ratha busi­ness­woman pas­sion­ate about pro­mot­ing the beauty of her adopted home town.

Kar­ratha res­i­dent and owner of home-based de­sign busi­ness Des­tined Feather, Donna Cu­cel has spent the past 18 months cre­at­ing prod­ucts adorned with her own pho­tos of Pil­bara land­marks, from the Bur­rup Penin­sula to the Dampier Palms, Roe­bourne her­itage build­ings and wa­ter­falls and pools of Mill­stream Chich­ester Na­tional Park.

The pic­tures fea­ture on post­cards, greet­ings cards, tote bags, pen­cil cases, cush­ion cov­ers, coast­ers and even clocks in a large Pil­bara-themed col­lec­tion that is grow­ing by the week.

A life­long travel pho­tog­ra­pher, Mrs Cu­cel said she started Des­tined Feather as a project that com­bined her pas­sions for pho­tog­ra­phy, card-mak­ing and the Pil­bara re­gion.

“I love the wide open spa­ces and I love the spir­i­tu­al­ity in the land,” she said.

“I feel re­ally con­nected to the land here and it’s just got a mag­i­cal feel about it.

“I think it’s got a fem­i­nine feel . . . the land or the area just feels re­ally soft to me, and there’s also the fact that it’s re­ally dif­fer­ent.”

The busi­ness’ prod­ucts have been fea­tured at the Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne vis­i­tor cen­tres and sev­eral small busi­nesses and mar­kets around Kar­ratha.

She said she hoped her work would help pro­mote a re­gion that was too of­ten “a lost part of WA” when it came to tourism.

“You sort of feel sad for the Pil­bara be­cause you go in (to shops) and there’s not re­ally any nice prod­ucts of it — it’s like no one’s given it the re­spect it de­serves,” she said. “It’s like the whole Pil­bara’s been for­got­ten or left be­hind, but it’s so beau­ti­ful when you look.”

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said Des­tined Feather brought more op­tions to its sou­venir range and its gift cards had proven pop­u­lar.

“Anybody who comes to the Pil­bara, es­pe­cially to the vis­i­tor cen­tre, they want a prod­uct that’s been lo­cally made and has a bit of a story be­hind it,” she said.

“When they see some­thing’s been made with pas­sion and the peo­ple be­hind it are pas­sion­ate about where they live, it gives them more in­cen­tive to buy it — to take it away with them and have a bit of a story about where it’s from.”

Ms Knapp said the di­ver­sity of the Pil­bara meant “you can ba­si­cally cap­ture any­one’s tastes” through dif­fer­ent de­signs.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to or­der, visit the Des­tined Feather Face­book page.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Des­tined Feather owner Donna Cu­cel with a spread of her Pil­bara-themed prod­ucts.

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