When Aboriginal artist Saretta Fielding was asked to design the new Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW volunteer uniforms, she jumped at the chance.
Even though she had collaborated with the non-profit organization before, the proud Wonnarua couldn’t resist the temptation to be part of the organization’s latest journey.
“I’m thrilled to be involved,” she said.
“It’s such a wonderful charity.
“I was truly excited and honored to work alongside the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) team again.
“Rohan and Ross Bingham, who lead the team, are simply beautiful people with a heart for others.
“And, because of that leadership and the culture within the group, it trickles down to the volunteers.
“They are the backbone to help families through such a difficult time.”
The uniforms, unveiled at the Newcastle base during the week, are expected to be worn by more than 400 people, who regularly lend a hand to the RMHC.
With Saretta’s indigenous design, the outfits tell the story of Maroong – Good Place.
Interlocking patterns of people, countries and homes reflect RMHC’s operations in the northern NSW footprint, as well as the wide variety of support and care services available to children and their families. .
“Any design is about getting to know who is involved in that particular project,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.
“Knowing their values, their missions and what they want to say about themselves in a work of art.
“Working with Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW was an amazing opportunity for me on this occasion as it focused on volunteers.
“People who just had compassion for sick children and their families.
“They support them throughout their journey in hospital, they provide them with a ‘home away from home’.
“So the design really reflects who OMRM is.
“But it’s also about people – the U-shapes are actually their symbols.
“It’s traditional symbolism brought forward in a design that is a contemporary representation.
“It reflects the whole composition of this northern New South Wales story for RMHC.
“Elements of it, which means ‘home away from home’, volunteers and family journeys through Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“It also takes their footprint across the country, which includes family rooms at Gosford and John Hunter hospitals, as well as RMHCs in Tamworth and Newcastle.
“It’s all part of this wonderful organization – and what they do.”
Saretta certainly made her mark on the art scene in the Hunter.
In 2010, she officially launched her own company, Saretta Art & Design, in response to the commercial success of her works.
“This career change was a very exciting decision for me, as I have always enjoyed painting, drawing and experimenting with a variety of artistic mediums, as art has long been a passion of mine,” she said. .
“I am particularly drawn to the challenge of conveying to others, through art, how I am influenced by people, life experiences and the beauty of nature.
“In my works, I aim to evoke emotion, strengthen the connection with spirit and country, and invite the viewer to reflect and experience something new.
“Along with my passion for art and culture, there is a commitment to seeing the Indigenous community move towards economic and social inclusion, which has allowed me to work within my community from an early age. .
“I believe that through unity, vision and planning, we can achieve a sustainable future that embraces reconciliation and is rich in economic opportunity.
“My background also gave me the opportunity to be a pioneer member of the Yarnteen Board of Directors, with an appointment as Managing Director in 2009.”
In 2016, Saretta Art & Design established the Malang Indigenous Corporation, a non-profit organization, bringing together the skills and experience of the SAAD team to champion social investment in the community.
“It allowed me to combine both my love of art and working within my community,” she explained.